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.

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