Ellen Levine, Hearst

HCIEditorial Consultant, Hearst Magazines

From 2006 to 2016, Ellen Levine was the editorial director of Hearst Magazines. In 2000, she launched O, The Oprah Magazine, which made history as the most successful magazine start-up ever. She also made publishing history in October 1994 when she became the first woman to be named editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping since the magazine’s inception in 1885. On June 6, 2017, she launched “The Pioneer Woman Magazine” which profiles Ree Drummond, an award-winning American blogger and TV personality and it’s success is already visible. What is it about this woman that keeps her going? Listen below to learn the whole story…



Full Biography

Ellen Levine was named Hearst consultant in January 2017, working across corporate divisions, from newspapers, to television to entertainment, to develop new projects and foster ideas and collaboration.

From 2006 to 2016, Levine was the editorial director of Hearst Magazines. In this role, she focused on strengthening current titles and developing new editorial magazines, as well as evaluating opportunities for brand extensions, books, cross-promotional magazine opportunities, and monitoring shifts in consumer needs.

In 2000, she launched O, The Oprah Magazine, which made history as the most successful magazine start-up ever. That opened the door to more original brands. First in line was Food Network Magazine (2008) quickly followed by HGTV Magazine (2012) and Dr. OZ THE GOOD LIFE (2014). All four of these rank in the top ten monthly magazines in the United States. On June 6, 2017, she will launch The Pioneer Woman Magazine which profiles Ree Drummond, an award-winning American blogger and tv personality.

Ms. Levine made publishing history in October 1994 when she became the first woman to be named editor-in- chief of Good Housekeeping since the magazine’s inception in 1885.

Before her appointment to the top post at Good Housekeeping, Ms. Levine served as editor-in-chief of two other major women’s magazines: Redbook (1990 to 1994) and Woman’s Day (1982 to 1990), and as a senior editor of Cosmopolitan (1976 to 1982). While at Woman’s Day, she was also senior vice president of Hachette Magazines, Inc.

As editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, Ms. Levine made frequent appearances on national talk shows and news programs, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where she was a regular guest. She is the author of numerous articles and several books, and her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times. She was editor of her high school newspaper, graduated from Wellesley College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Wellesley College News and began her journalism career at The Record in Hackensack, N.J.

Ms. Levine served two terms as president of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), from 1994 to 1996. She was appointed a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and filed a minority dissent. As a result of her work on the commission, the American Society of Journalists and Authors presented her with an award in 1986 for courage in the pursuit of truth. And in 1987, she was similarly honored by the Atlantic Coast Independent Distributors, Inc., for distinguished service defending the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In 1999, Good Housekeeping won the National Magazine Award for “Personal Service.” In 2002, she was awarded the first annual Media Award by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) for the numerous articles on mental illness she has published in Good Housekeeping.

Throughout her career, Ms. Levine has been cited by many organizations. In January 2004, she was inducted into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame by ASME and the Magazine Publishers of America. In November 2003, she received a Leadership in Media Award from the American Legacy Foundation for her anti-smoking accomplishments and a WISER Award from the Heinz Family Philanthropies. In October 2003, she and her husband, Dr. Richard U. Levine, were the recipients of the Wind Beneath My Wings Leadership Award from the New York Restoration Project. She has also been recognized by the American Health Foundation (1996); received the Writer’s Hall of Fame Award for her lifestyle coverage in 1981; served as a delegate at the International Women’s Media Foundation meeting in Prague, Czech Republic; and was elected to the YMCA’s Academy of Women Achievers in 1982. Similar citations have been bestowed upon Ms. Levine by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs; Douglass College of Rutgers University; the East Bergen Business and Professional Women’s Club; Columbia University School of Nursing, which awarded Ms. Levine a Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care in 1997; and the Birmingham (AL) Southern College for outstanding achievement. In 1989, she received the Matrix Award for exceptional achievement, one of the communication industry’s most prestigious honors.

Ms. Levine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ryman Hospitality Properties, owner of hotels and the Grand Ole Opry, and Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. She was a long-serving member on the Board of Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, Lifetime Television, the Board of Advisors of New York Women in Communications and the Board of New Jersey Bell.

Ms. Levine and her husband, an OBGYN physician, live in New York City. They have two sons.

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