NEW YORK, April 30, 2008—Marlene Kahan, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced today that Rodale’s David Willey, SVP, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World, and editorial director of Running Times, has been elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). He is the first ASME president to be based outside of New York City in nearly a decade. Willey, based in Rodale’s Emmaus, PA, headquarters, has served on the board since 2006.
Willey joined Runner’s World in 2003, and, after attracting a roster of editing, writing, and design talent to the magazine, he oversaw its award-winning redesign in 2004. Since then, Runner’s World has earned three National Magazine Award nominations, including its first ever for General Excellence, and six of its feature stories have appeared in The Best American Sports Writing anthologies. The past four years were also the most successful in the magazine’s 41-year history, with paid circulation growing 23 percent, to 640,000, newsstand sales improving 26 percent, and ad pages increasing 41 percent. In 2005, Runner’s World was named to the Advertising Age “A-List” and ranked #1 on the Adweek “Hot List” of 10 Under 50.
In 2006, Willey assumed editorial oversight of RunnersWorld.com. After a redesign in 2007, traffic increased 150 percent to more than 1 million unique visitors and 17 million page views per month. RunnersWorld.com, now the most popular running-related site on the Web, has received a number of industry honors, including a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence and an MPA Digital Award nomination for Web Site of the Year.
Prior to joining Runner’s World, Willey spent more than eight years at Men’s Journal, starting as an assistant editor in 1995 and serving most recently as executive editor. Willey has made dozens of television appearances, and, in 2007, he was the on-course reporter for NBC’s broadcast of the ING New York City Marathon.
“David Willey is a real leader—a thoughtful, dynamic editor who combines journalistic integrity with smart instincts for success,” said Glamour editor Cindi Leive, the out-going president of ASME. “He’s immensely respected by his peers, and I can’t think of anyone better to oversee ASME’s evolution at this key moment for magazines.”
“I’m honored to serve as ASME’s president, especially during this dynamic time,” said Willey. “Under Cindi Leive’s leadership, the ASME board has embraced the digital challenges that editors face today. I look forward to continuing those efforts, while remaining a strong voice for editorial excellence and integrity in print, online, and in whatever medium comes our way next.”
Roberta Myers, editor-in-chief of Elle, has been re-elected vice president for a second one-year term. Other officers include Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York magazine, who has been re-elected as secretary, and Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self, who has been re-elected treasurer, each for their second one-year term. An ASME officer is elected for a one-year term and can be nominated for a second one-year term.
Larry Hackett, managing editor of People Weekly, James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, and Diane Salvatore, editor-in-chief of Ladies’ Home Journal have been elected to the board for two-year terms and may be re-elected for a second two-year term.
Angela Burt-Murray, editor-in-chief of Essence, Peggy Northrop, editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest, and Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate, have been re-elected to the board for a second two-year term.
The other members of the board who continue their terms are: Betty Cortina, former editorial director of Latina; Hugh Delehanty, editor-in-chief of AARP the Magazine; Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping; Eric Schurenberg, managing editor of Money; and Richard David Story, editor-in-chief of Departures. Cindi Leive remains on the board ex-officio. Marlene Kahan is the executive director of ASME.