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DC Magazine Names New Editor-in-Chief

DC Magazine announced Michael McCarthy on Thursday as its new editor-in-chief.

“With Michael’s enthusiasm for the luxury lifestyle and Washington, D.C., we’re thrilled to have him steer DC through what we confidently agree will be its best era,” said Beth Weitzman, editorial vice president of Modern Luxury, which owns DC Magazine. “His citywide expertise—combined with his superior skills as a communicator, editor and writer—will continue to give the magazine insider savvy both in print and online.”

McCarthy replaces former DC editor Karen Sommer Shalett.

He’s a D.C. native and third generation Washingtonian, according to a press release.  His prior experience includes 15 years of lifestyle editing and writing for both national and regional magazines. McCarthy also served as content director and editor-in-chief for several publications under custom publisher McMurry/TMG.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join our growing team. He is the perfect fit to continue our momentum as the local leader in luxury and lifestyle publishing,” said DC publisher Peter Abrahams. “His experience and enthusiasm will be a driving force as we launch Front Desk this spring and new products in the months to follow.” Front Desk is a luxury style magazine already distributed at hotels in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

McCarthy starts Mar. 4.

See the full release…

(Washington, DC – Feb. 19, 2013)—DC magazine Publisher Peter Abrahams and
Modern Luxury’s Vice President of Editorial Beth Weitzman are pleased to announce the
appointment of Michael McCarthy as the publication’s new editor-in-chief.

A DC native and third-generation Washingtonian, McCarthy brings more than 15 years of
editing and writing experience to DC on a wide array of lifestyle topics (from architecture
and design to fashion, travel, dining, profiles and more) for national and regional
consumer magazines. McCarthy’s latest success was with custom-content powerhouse
McMurry/TMG in the position of content director and editor-in-chief for both print and
digital mediums of multiple publications since 2009. Prior to that, he held a similar
position at national magazine publisher Active Interest Media. McCarthy has also been
quoted as a design and lifestyle expert in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times,
New York Post and other highly regarded publications.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join our growing team. He is the perfect fit to continue
our momentum as the local leader in luxury and lifestyle publishing,” says Abrahams.
“His experience and enthusiasm will be a driving force as we launch Front Desk this
spring and new products in the months to follow.”

“With Michael’s enthusiasm for the luxury lifestyle and Washington DC, we’re thrilled to
have him steer DC through what we confidently agree will be its best era,” expressed
Weitzman. “His citywide expertise—combined with his superior skills as a
communicator, editor and writer—will continue to give the magazine insider savvy both
in print and online.

Supporting McCarthy is Senior Editor Katie Wilmeth and a talented team of contributing
editors and writers, including Jennifer Sergent, Sarai Johnson, Tiffany Jow, Jeff Dufour,
Kelly Magyarics, David Hagedorn, Jill Hudson Neal, Lauren Sloat, Sam Hiersteiner and
Jason Stahl. McCarthy takes the reins of DC as editor-in-chief March 4.

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