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Cap File Hires Suzy Draddy Jacobs as Publisher

Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.

Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.

Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.

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You Ask, We Answer: Cap File Edition

A reader writes in to ask:

What’s going on at the top of the Capitol File masthead? The new publisher was fired after like two months and who is this new guy? I just googled him and he left his last publishing gig after a month. Isn’t there also a new editor? What gives?

Glad you asked! Lou DeLone is currently listed as the publisher of Capitol File. DeLone is actually a group publisher for Niche Media, Cap File‘s parent company, and he consults with the company on a few of their publications -though now he is primarily working on Cap File. He came to Niche from Houstonia magazine, after a long career in publishing, which included stints at Crain’s Detroit Business and Houston Modern Luxury. At Houstonia he served as the founding publisher from September 2012 to April of 2013, he was brought on primarily to launch the first issue of the magazine, and left shortly thereafter to go to Niche.

Cap File‘s publisher before DeLone was Heather Zahn. She served for about 8 months after which she left “on perfectly amicable terms” according to current editor Elizabeth Thorp. It is true that Thorp herself is fairly new, having just joined the org back in September. You can find out more about her by reading our FishbowlDC Interview. All of this change might indeed cause a hectic situation, as our reader suggests, however Thorp says the magazine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment.

“Everyone works together very well -we are very proud of our latest holiday issue and excited about our upcoming early spring issue. And while Lou may not technically be a permanent editor, we are in no rush to change things right now. He has tons of experience, and his guidance has been invaluable.”

Hopes that answers your question!

Mums the Word on Capitol File’s New Editor

Gotta love publicists. The good ones (for reporters’ purposes) are so fabulous you want to bear hug them daily. The others force you to read between the lines and wait.

Like this three liner from Niche Media’s Lana Bernstein who offered a warm reply to our inquiry concerning who they’ve hired to be the new Editor-in-Chief of Capitol File magazine.

“We received your inquiry and just wanted to let you know that we have not made any announcements about the Editor in Chief position.  We will surely keep you posted when we are ready to release this. Please feel free to reach out to me for any inquiries in the future. Warm regards, Lana.

Thanks Lana! We reached out again to find out when they’ll be announcing the news — Lana says in the next few weeks and again offered her warm regards.

The publication is undoubtedly going through major changes with the recent departure of Publisher Sarah Schaffer and the promotion of Heather Zahn to fill her role. Schaffer apparently “left on a positive note to pursue other interests.”

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Capitol File Names New Publisher

A few weeks back Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Sarah Schaffer up and left her position at Capitol File Magazine. Today Niche Media announced that Capitol File magazine Associate Publisher, Heather Zahn, has been named Publisher of the luxury lifestyle publication.

“Zahn brings a decade of experience in marketing, sales and journalism to her new role as Publisher,” they write. “In her new role Zahn will oversee all business aspects of the magazine including the expansion of Capitol File in the region while leading the brand’s print and digital advertising sales and robust marketing and events platforms.”

Zahn joined the mag in 2012 as Associate Publisher. She has a boatload of sales experience in the Baltimore-New York region and holds a Masters in Arts and magazine journalism from NYU.