May 9, 2011
- Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) CEO Desiree Rogers named award-winning journalist, editorial consultant and bestselling author, Mitzi Miller as editor-in-chief of JET magazine. Miller, a graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), will take the reins of the enduring publication effective today, May 9, 2011.
“We continue to implement our corporate strategy of placing industry veterans in key management roles at Johnson Publishing,” said Rogers. “Mitzi brings an impressive journalistic record to her role and will begin the process of assessing the future of JET as she takes on the leadership of the magazine.”
Miller brings to JET her expertise as an editorial consultant for Juicy and SET Magazines and her writing skills as a contributor to Essence, VIBE, Uptown Magazine, among others. She started her career at HONEY Magazine where she was the entertainment editor and wrote the popular girl-around-town column, “Road Tripping,” From there, the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University graduate joined the Jane Magazine staff as an Associate Editor. Miller was also a TV and culture critic for VH1 and the Food Network.
“I am honored to join the Johnson Publishing family and look forward to re-energizing the JET brand,” said Miller. “For 60 years JET has consistently delivered news about Black America. It is my priority to meet the evolving media needs of our loyal base of readers in exciting and entertaining ways.”
Miller has authored five books. The first book, The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life was released in 2004 to rave reviews in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Newsweek Magazine. Lifetime Television Network optioned her second book, The Vow, for production. Her teen series, Hotlanta received multiple awards from the American Library Association and was optioned for production by The CW Television Network.
Miller is a board member of the non-profit, Hip-Hop 4 Life. A skilled public speaker, she has appeared at various forums and seminars nationwide including The Young Women’s Empowerment Summit at Long Island University; The Freshman Honors Reception at Florida A&M University; and Essence Magazine’s Image of Black Women in Media Panel.
Miller will be based in Chicago.
JET, a publication of Johnson Publishing Co., Inc., is celebrating 60 years of being the go-to-source for a unique take on news and entertainment in Black America. With more than 8 million readers, JET connects the Black community through timely information with a trusted point-of-view. JET is credible, smart, and entertaining. If it’s in JET, it’s what’s happening.
ABOUT JOHNSON PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC.
Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), a family-owned business, now in its seventh decade, produces the most widely read publications about African-Americans. EBONY, a monthly magazine, and JET, a weekly magazine, have a combined readership of nearly 20 million people. EBONY celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2010. JET celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011. The company also produces Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the leading line of makeup and skin care created to meet the unique needs of women of color. Linda Johnson Rice is chairman and daughter of legendary founder, John H. Johnson and savvy businesswoman and style maven, Eunice W. Johnson.
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