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Meredith Vet Jill Waage Adds Another Impressive Career Chapter

JillWaageHeadshotOne way to frame how long Jill Waage (pictured), the new executive editor of the Better Homes and Gardens brand, has been with Meredith is to note the average median purchase price of a U.S. home when she first started: $120,000.

From today’s announcement:

Waage, a graduate of Drake University, joined Meredith in 1991 as an associate editor, where she was responsible for creating a lineup of New Product Guides for kitchen, bath, home building and home furnishings. In her Meredith career, Waage has held a number of senior editing and management positions, including executive editor of over 20 Special Interest media titles and a lineup of high-end home and décor bookazines. Waage also served as title editor of three decorating magazines, including the bi-monthly Decorating, and was the founding editor of Real+Life Decorating.

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Promotions and Additions at Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens announced a few changes today. Below are the highlights.

  • Greg Kayko has been named managing editor. He was most recently editorial director of Special Interest Media. Kayko is succeeding Lamont Olson, who is retiring. Kayko will report to Gayle ButlerMeredith National Media Group’s executive vice president and Better Homes and Gardens’ editor-in-chief.
  • Kelly Ryan Kegans has been promoted from assistant deputy editor, home design, to senior deputy editor, home design. She is succeeding Oma Blaise Ford, who has been named executive editor. Kegans has been with Meredith since 2002.
  • Maggie Meyer has been promoted from assistant art director in the food group to senior food editor. She reports to Nancy Hopkins, senior deputy editor, food and entertaining.
  • Melissa Feldman joins as east coast Home editor. Feldman previously worked as a freelance design editor and writer.

New Executive Editor, Other Moves at Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens has made a few moves today. Oma Blaise Ford has been promoted from Senior Deputy Editor, Home Design — a position she has held since 2002 — to Executive Editor of the magazine. Gayle Butler, Meredith National Media Group Executive Vice President and Better Homes and Gardens’ Editor-in-Chief, said that Ford’s experience is valuable to the brand. “She has a deep understanding of women and their passion for home, an exceptional style sensibility, and a fierce commitment to editorial service,” said Butler.

Additionally, Laurie Buckle has been named Editorial Director for the Better Homes and Gardens Food Content Core, which is a new position. Buckle most recently worked as Bon Appétit‘s Managing Editor.

Ellen Miller and Elizabeth Frantz have also joined the Better Homes and Gardens team. Miller has been named Beauty and Fashion Director. She comes to the magazine from Shape, where she worked as its Beauty Director. Frantz has been tapped to be Better Homes and Gardens’ Associate Social Media Editor. Frantz previously worked at Zocalo Group, a social media agency based in Chicago.