When you’re publishing a magazine (or more) a month, there’s no good time to mess with a lean, mean machine. But that’s the way life works sometimes—and this couldn’t wait.
When Today Media chairman and CEO Robert Martinelli made the company-wide announcement in May, we were in the midst of assembling our massive “Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs” cover story (page 58). Main Line Today’s sister magazine, Delaware Today, was in the same boat. It had been without an editor-in-chief since March, and its creative team had weathered some significant turnover.
DT has an illustrious 52-year history of award-winning coverage of the First State. And for a little while there, it was just senior writer Mark Nardone (my predecessor at MLT) and managing editor Drew Ostroski handling the day-to-day editorial operations, with Martinelli doubling as publisher and editor-in-chief. Help was needed sooner than later.
As the new editorial director for both magazines, I’m confident I can provide that help. Joining me is Suzanne Loudermilk, who recently came aboard as my executive editor. As senior editor at Baltimore magazine, Loudermilk’s many responsibilities included restaurant reviews, travel stories and a foodie blog. Before that, she helmed the Signature Brandywine lifestyle magazine at Wilmington’s News Journal.
In other news, MLT creative director Ingrid Lynch is now overseeing the design of both magazines and related publications, including a new semiannual weddings title due in September. I’d also like to wish senior editor Tara Behan all the best as she takes a swing at first-time motherhood, which will keep her out of the office for a few months starting in August. She’ll be missed.
Change may be the new normal around here, but what won’t change is MLT’s insightful, uncompromising coverage of the region where we live, work and play.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: One can only imagine what work remains unfinished in Larry Nowlan’s New England studio. At the time of his death, the Main Line native was well on his way to becoming one of the finest sculptors of his generation. Nowlan’s classmate at Archbishop Carroll High School, senior writer J.F. Pirro was in the initial interview stages of what would become “Larger Than Life” (page 82) when the artist passed away suddenly last July. Pirro’s piece is a sadly eloquent tribute to the man and his work.
And don’t forget to keep July 24 open for our annual Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party at Drexelbrook. For tickets and additional information, visit www.mainlinetoday.com. Hope to see you there.