Smithsonian magazine announced today that Michael Caruso, currently deputy editor of WSJ Magazine, is taking over as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Caruso is leaving the WSJ after less than six months in his post; he took the deputy editor job back in May.
The new gig won’t be a stretch for Caruso, who has already had ample experience at the top of a masthead. He’s held editor-in-chief titles at Los Angeles Magazine, Details, Maximum Golf, and most recently, Men’s Journal, which he left in 2005. Caruso later helped launch Condé Nast Portfolio, where he was a contributing editor, and worked as an analyst at OpenGate Capital before being hired as a contributing editor at the WSJ in January.
Caruso will be replacing former Smithsonian editor-in-chief Carey Winfrey, who served for 10 years in the magazine’s top spot before retiring last month.
“I’m honored to be joining Smithsonian, a magazine brand that is loved by more than 7 million readers and is part of the largest and most prominent museum and research complex in the world,” Caruso said in a press release. “It’s also a privilege to be following Carey Winfrey, who had a superb run as editor; my challenge is to continue the legacy of journalistic excellence while evolving our brand for the future multimedia needs of our consumer.”