Former ‘Men’s Journal’ Editor to Lead ‘Smithsonian’ Magazine

Michael Caruso will succeed Carey Winfrey

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.”