Cosmo editor takes helm of Winfrey’s lifestyle mag

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NEW YORK — Hiring from within their family of 15 titles, Hearst Magazines has tapped Cosmo exec editor Ellen Kunes to be editor-in-chief of the new Oprah Winfrey woman’s lifestyle magazine. The as-yet-untitled glossy is skedded to debut in spring with a distribution of 850,000.

In addition to her stint at Cosmopolitan, Kunes has worked for several woman’s titles including Redbook, McCall’s, Self and Mademoiselle. In her first gig as editor-in-chief, Kunes promises “to make this magazine the personal growth guide for the new century.”

Said Winfrey in a statement: “My goal is to improve the lives of women. Ellen’s ability to connect with women is extraordinary. Combine that with her unique writing and editing skills, and I am certain we will have a magazine that will be both trusted and inspired.”

Winfrey, Hearst Magazines topper Cathleen Black and Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Ellen Levine have been ironing out the magazine’s concept and design. Kunes will report to Winfrey and Black.

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