A reader writes in to ask:
What’s going on at the top of the Capitol File masthead? The new publisher was fired after like two months and who is this new guy? I just googled him and he left his last publishing gig after a month. Isn’t there also a new editor? What gives?
Glad you asked! Lou DeLone is currently listed as the publisher of Capitol File. DeLone is actually a group publisher for Niche Media, Cap File‘s parent company, and he consults with the company on a few of their publications -though now he is primarily working on Cap File. He came to Niche from Houstonia magazine, after a long career in publishing, which included stints at Crain’s Detroit Business and Houston Modern Luxury. At Houstonia he served as the founding publisher from September 2012 to April of 2013, he was brought on primarily to launch the first issue of the magazine, and left shortly thereafter to go to Niche.
Cap File‘s publisher before DeLone was Heather Zahn. She served for about 8 months after which she left “on perfectly amicable terms” according to current editor Elizabeth Thorp. It is true that Thorp herself is fairly new, having just joined the org back in September. You can find out more about her by reading our FishbowlDC Interview. All of this change might indeed cause a hectic situation, as our reader suggests, however Thorp says the magazine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment.
“Everyone works together very well -we are very proud of our latest holiday issue and excited about our upcoming early spring issue. And while Lou may not technically be a permanent editor, we are in no rush to change things right now. He has tons of experience, and his guidance has been invaluable.”
Hopes that answers your question!