Meredith Editor to Be Honored at Ellie Awards Annual Dinner on February 1

NEW YORK, NY (January 25, 2016)—The American Society of Magazine Editors is pleased to announce the election of Gayle Goodson Butler, the former editor of Better Homes and Gardens, to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. Ms. Butler will be honored at the Ellie Awards Annual Dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York on February 1, 2016.

"Gayle Butler led one of the biggest magazine brands in the United States through a period of ferment for all media," said Sid Holt, Chief Executive of ASME. "Butler responded to a changing marketplace by reinventing the magazine for a new generation of readers both in print and online and providing steady leadership for her editorial colleagues at Meredith. I had the pleasure of working with Gayle on the ASME board--her election to the Hall of Fame is fitting  recognition of her work at both Better Homes and Gardens and ASME.”

Butler joined Meredith Corporation in 1983 and was appointed editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens in 2006.  As editor in chief, Butler broadened the focus of the magazine to include new areas of coverage and led the aggressive expansion of the brand onto digital platforms. While managing the reinvention of the magazine as a multiplatform publication, Butler also set new standards of editorial excellence, leading to the nomination of Better Homes and Gardens for the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2015. Butler retired from Meredith in 2015.

The Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame was established in 1995 by the American Society of Magazine Editors to recognize the editorial achievements and career-long accomplishments of leading journalists and honors distinguished service to magazine media. Among the members of the Hall of Fame best known to the general public are Graydon Carter, Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Jann S. Wenner and Helen Gurley Brown.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, preserve editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the Ellie Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

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