For years, I’ve teased the editors of Delaware Today that they have the best job in the company. I can now tell you from firsthand experience, they do. In addition to being publisher of the magazine and president of Today Media, I have served as DT’s editor since early March. It’s been a period of exciting change. Now it’s time to turn over the reins.
I’m pleased to announce that DT has a new editorial director, Hobart Rowland, who has been editor-in-chief of our sister magazine, Main Line Today, since October 2005. Under his guidance, MLT has won two national awards. As editorial director, he remains in charge of Main Line Today while overseeing the content of Delaware Today. We look forward to his continued success at DT.
I’m also pleased to introduce to our new executive editor, Suzanne Loudermilk. Suzanne comes to us from Baltimore magazine, where she had worked for seven years as senior editor. She knows Delaware well through her two years as editor of Signature Brandywine. Suzanne brings more than 25 years’ experience in journalism to DT. We are thrilled to have her.
One last change: MLT creative director Ingrid Lynch now oversees the design of both magazines and related publications. Ingrid, you may recall, was the art director almost since I became publisher of Delaware Today in 1982, until her move to MLT in 2000. Her record of awards and accomplishments at DT is unparalleled. I’m excited to welcome her back.
Ingrid, Suzanne and Hobart join longtime DT managing editor Drew Ostroski, senior writer Mark Nardone and photographer Ron Dubick in continuing the magazine’s 52-year history of covering the lifestyle, personalities and issues of the First State. I look forward to many more years.
Speaking of old friends and associates, I’m happy to bring you an update on Wilmington’s own Joe Feury. You may remember Joe as the winner of an Oscar for a documentary in 2006. After a lifetime of writing and producing films, Joe has taken up painting. So far, he’s met with similar success. Read Dana White’s profile, “Joey, Unfinished,”.
It’s a fitting time to celebrate Joe—July is the month we celebrate everything great about the First State in our annual Best of Delaware feature. You’ll find more than 350 great places to eat, shop and more. Better yet, you’ll get to meet many of the winners at our blockbuster Best of Delaware Party. We’re elated to bring the party back to the Chase Center on the Riverfront this year. It happens July 17. I hope to see you there.
As I write this, I received some exciting news. In the annual National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, Delaware Today brought home two second-place honors. Former creative director Beth Weiss won in the feature design category for “In the Shadow of the Steeple” in the October 2013 issue. Freelancer Victor Letonoff Jr. won in the feature story category for “911: Suicidal Subject” in the July issue. “Feature story” is by far the most competitive editorial category in the contest. We’ll call that the best. I hope you’ll share my excitement.
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