First On FBNY: Parade Editor Janice Kaplan Out

FishbowlNY has learned that Parade‘s editor-in-chief, Janice Kaplan has left the magazine.

Although a good-bye memo to staff seemed to suggest that Kaplan is leaving the weekly magazine on good terms, we have heard that she was asked to leave. The change at the top of the masthead comes after Parade‘s owner Condé Nast appointed a new CEO, Jack Haire, back in April. Since then, the magazine has lost its president, Randy Siegel, who left to run local digital strategy for parent company Advance Publications last month and got a new publisher, Brett Wilson this fall.

Kaplan, an author and former deputy editor at TV Guide magazine, joined Parade four years ago as executive editor and took over the role of editor-in-chief two years ago.

In her letter to her staff, Kaplan praised Parade‘s growth in the years since she’s been in charge, highlighting its celebrity coverage, increase medical coverage, and high profile guest writers. She also talked about the magazine’s expansion into other platforms, including TV and the Web. “Leaving now, I extend my warm thanks to everyone who contributed to our many triumphs,” she said, adding: “I’m disappointed not to have the opportunity to continue this great run. But I wish all of you — and Parade — continued success.”

Read all of Kaplan’s note, after the jump

We have reached out to Parade for comment but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.

Previously: Parade Names New Publisher

To the Editorial team:

PARADE has experienced extraordinary editorial success during my two years as Editor. Leaving now, I extend my warm thanks to everyone who contributed to our many triumphs. The vibrant, energetic magazine we offered each week is now distributed in some 510 newspapers across the country — up from about 360 when I arrived here — with a circulation of 32 million. Our stories generate wide attention around the world.

During my tenure, we brought terrific writers, smart and surprising stories, and exciting covers to PARADE. Just a few highlights: From the political world, we had articles written by President Barack Obama, Sandra Day O’Connor, Senator John McCain and Madeleine K. Albright, as well as profiles of George and Barbara Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. We did important news polls on topics like marriage in America and spirituality and attracted some of America’s most popular authors, including Lee Child, David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich, Mitch Albom, and Christopher Reich, to write features. We introduced new sports reporting with bestselling sports author John Feinstein and Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.

We wisely expanded PARADE’s medical coverage, bringing our readers important stories by Dr. Francis Collins (director of NIH), Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Mark Liponis, and nutritionist Joy Bauer, as well as beginning Dr. Ranit Mishori’s “StayHealthy” column. What a treat for us–and our readers–to bring in Bobby Flay as PARADE’s new food columnist, and to create the 1-2-3 Bake column with Dorie Greenspan and other popular chefs.

Our celebrity triumphs over the last two years have been unmatched, including interviews with Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Daniel Craig, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, Mick Jagger, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, and a long list of other beloved stars. Often, their stories in PARADE made headlines around the world.

Expanding PARADE onto other platforms, we created a unique partnership with Entertainment Tonight, producing two 1-hour PARADE-ET specials, and then teamed with both Good Morning America and CBS Early Show on magazine-television segments that added polish to the PARADE image. We created the brand-new magazine HealthyStyle, now published bi-monthly, and worked closely with to integrate the magazine and website.

As an editorial team, we laughed and had fun together as we brought PARADE to a new level of excellence. You were all excited to work hard as our staff got smaller, and you wrote columns like Parade Picks and Intel with grace and talent. I’m so proud of the energetic, upbeat, and smart tone we developed for PARADE. I’m disappointed not to have the opportunity to continue this great run. But I wish all of you — and PARADE — continued success.

Janice Kaplan