Meredith Corp. lost a major player at one of its publications today, but unlike most departures this year, Judy Nolte’s exit from American Baby was voluntary.
Meredith announced today that Nolte is retiring. After leaving the magazine world, Nolte initially plans to focus on volunteer work at Sloane-Kettering and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other projects. Dana Points, the editor-in-chief of Meredith’s Parents magazine, will take over Nolte’s editorial tasks after she leaves.
Says Meredith National Media Group President Jack Griffin, “Judy Nolte has been one of the magazine industry’s most admired editors, a passionate voice for new moms, and has generously shared her knowledge and expertise serving as a mentor for countless professionals across the industry.”
It’s nice to see that some partings can still happen amicably in the print industry, without a pink slip.
Press release after the jump.
JUDY NOLTE TO RETIRE AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF AMERICAN BABY MAGAZINE
NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 7, 2009) — Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP), the nation’s leading media and marketing company serving American women, announced today that American Baby magazine Editor-in-Chief Judy Nolte is retiring. Nolte’s current editorial oversight responsibilities will be assumed by Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief of Parents.
“Judy Nolte has been one of the magazine industry’s most admired editors, a passionate voice for new moms, and has generously shared her knowledge and expertise serving as a mentor for countless professionals across the industry,” says Jack Griffin, President, Meredith National Media Group. “We congratulate her on a distinguished career and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have had her diligent and thoughtful eye watching over American Baby.”
“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with so many gifted and talented individuals in my career,” says Nolte. “My goal moving forward is to continue sharing my knowledge and expertise with organizations who share my passion for child care, health and wellness and the arts.” Nolte says that among her initial plans are to work on a volunteer basis with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the March of Dimes, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among others.
In addition to her editorial career, Nolte is an expert in the field of child care. She is frequently called on to give industry speeches at major medical and trade shows, and has appeared on national broadcast television to share her expertise. She helped to create a number of special publications for American Baby and was involved in the brand’s many platforms extensions over the years including television, special events, and digital media.
Nolte is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the prestigious organization of chief editors, and served as president for two years, from 1986 to 1988. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes since 1988 and has served as chairman of the Media Advisory Council for the national office of the March of Dimes since 1978. In 2004, she was asked to join the national board of the March of Dimes.
Nolte is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has a Master’s degree in English from New York University. Her previous job experience was with Conde Nast Publications as associate merchandise editor of Bride’s magazine. Prior to that, she was a high school English and speech teacher.