AARP Appoints ASME Award-winning Editor As New Editor-in-Chief
Robert Love to Oversee Editorial Direction at AARP The Magazine
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AARP today announced that it has appointed Robert Love as the new Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. An ASME award-winning editor and publishing executive with a proven track record in developing and managing talent in award-winning organizations, including The Week, Reader’s Digest and Rolling Stone, Love will now oversee all editorial content creation and management for AARP The Magazine.
Throughout his career, Love has made significant contributions to multiple, top-tier consumer outlets as both a writer and editor on topics ranging from pop culture and celebrity to politics and spirituality. Love has held editorial positions at News Corporation, Wenner Media, Conde Nast Publications, Rodale Inc. and the Reader’s Digest Association. Among the many distinguished writers Love has edited are Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Scott Turow, T.C. Boyle, and P.J. O’Rourke.
“I am thrilled to have Bob bring his considerable experience in writing and editing and impressive track record of developing talent to AARP The Magazine,” said Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director, AARP. “Bob’s deep expertise in overseeing editorial operations as well as his keen journalistic sense will undoubtedly be an asset to lead the team here to further success.”
“I’m honored to be joining the editorial team at AARP, which brings news and entertainment to so many members of my generation,” said Love. “AARP The Magazine has already seen such great success, and I look forward to helping it continue to grow and deliver deeply relevant content to current and new readers alike.”
As Managing Editor and Vice President at Rolling Stone, Love oversaw all aspects of editorial direction, staffing and strategic planning; during his tenure, the magazine won the 1998 National Magazine Award (NMA) for General Excellence for the first time in the magazine’s history. Under his direction, Rolling Stone also won NMAs for Reporting in 1998 and Feature Writing in 2001. As National Affairs Editor at Reader’s Digest, Love curated and created content for the iconic magazine as well as its iPad edition, and recruited and assigned top non-fiction authors including Mark Leyner and Edward Klein. Most recently, Love held the position of Executive Editor at The Week, where he guided all creative aspects of the nation’s top curated news weekly and created digital content for the magazine’s iPad edition. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
In addition to his editorial accomplishments in the magazine industry, Love has also authored two books: The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America (Viking, 2010), which The New Yorker called an “exemplary popular history”; and Elvis Presley (Franklin Watts, 1987), which was selected by the New York City Public Library as one of the best books of the year for young adults.
Love will be based in Washington D.C. and report directly to Myrna Blyth. Nancy Perry Graham, who most recently held the position of Editor of AARP The Magazine will also be transitioning to a new role as Editor-in-Chief of AARP’s Life Reimagined digital portal. Under her direction AARP The Magazine has secured a position as America’s third most read magazine with a total readership of more than 34 million readers. AARP remains the number one magazine choice for the 50+ and Baby Boomer demographics. *
*Spring 2013 MRI numbers
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.