Hearst Editorial Director Ellen Levine to Step Down

She'll being a stint as an editorial consultant in January.

Ellen Levine, Hearst’s editorial director since 2006, is stepping down at the end of the year. According to WWD, Levine will serve as an editorial consultant.

“Ellen is one of the most creative, versatile and prolific editorial minds in publishing,” wrote Hearst Magazines president David Carey, in a memo to staffers. “She sees things from a reader’s perspective, and she knows instinctively what will resonate.”

During her long career at Hearst, Levine helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine in 1999 and Food Network Magazine in 2008. She also served as editor of Redbook and Woman’s Day. In 1994, she made history as the first female editor in chief of Good Housekeeping.