HCIEllen Levine is Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines. In her role, Ms. Levine is responsible for strengthening current brands, evaluating opportunities for brand extensions, books, digital alternatives, and developing new magazines. She has been instrumental in conceiving and launching new titles at Hearst Magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine in 1999, the most successful magazine launch ever and The Food Network Magazine in 2008, which quickly became #1 on the newsstand within the epicurean category. In 2012, Levine supervised the launch of HGTV Magazine and in 2014, launched THE GOOD LIFE with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Ms. Levine made publishing history in October 1994 as the first woman to be named Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping since the magazine was founded in 1885. During Ms. Levine’s role as Editor-in-Chief at Good Housekeeping, the publication received a National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 1999 and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in general excellence in 2005. The magazine also received many industry accolades, including Adweek’s “The Hit List” in 2005, “The Big List” in 2003, and “The Hot List” as one of the top ten magazines in 2002. In January 2004, ASME and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) inducted Ms. Levine into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.

Ellen Levine served two terms as President of the American Society of Magazine Editors, from 1994 to 1996. She was appointed a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and filed a minority dissent. As a result of her work with the commission, the American Society of Journalists and Authors presented her with an award in 1986 for courage in the pursuit of truth. And in 1987, she was similarly honored by the Atlantic Coast Independent Distributors for distinguished service in defending the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Ellen Levine currently serves on the charitable boards of the New York Restoration Project, Bette Midler’s effort to revitalize parks in all boroughs of New York City, and the Board of Advisors of New York Women in Communications. Her corporate boards include Ryman Hospitality Properties, Nashville, Tennessee.

She began her journalism career at the Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, following her graduation from Wellesley College. She was Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day (1982 to 1990) and Redbook (1990 to 1994). Ellen Levine resides with her husband, Richard Levine, M.D., in New York City. They have two sons.