Janice Min

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Janice Min
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Born Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Columbia School of Journalism
Occupation Editor, writer
Title Editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter
Spouse(s) Peter Sheehy (m. 1997)
Children 3

Janice Min is an American editor and writer who rose to prominence as the longtime editor of Us Weekly. She is currently the Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter.

Early life[edit]

Min, the youngest of three children, was born in Georgia to Nungsun Min, an IRS agent mother, and Hong Min, a zoology and physiology professor turned businessman father.[1][2] Her father taught at the University of Georgia[3] and later became an executive for a medical supply company.[4] Her parents were raised in Seoul, South Korea and emigrated to the United States.[1][2] Her family moved to Littleton, Colorado when she was in first grade[2][5] When Min was 13, she lied about her age, saying she was 14, to get a job at a local McDonald's.[2] In middle school and at Heritage High School, she worked on student newspapers.[2] She worked at a clothing store in Southglenn Mall, became a cash register at Target, and sold cosmetics at Foley's in college during a summer break.[2] Min moved to New York City and attended Columbia University when she was 16,[2] graduating in 1990 with a degree in history[5] and attended Columbia School of Journalism, where she graduated in 1991.[5] She interned one summer at the PBS NewsHour.[5]


Min began her career as a reporter for The Reporter-Dispatch[6] in Westchester County, New York,[7] covering police beat as well as school board and planning committee meetings before becoming a features writer.[5] She joined People magazine in 1993,[8] at the age of 23, as a staff writer, where she remained for five years. During that period, she was promoted to the position of senior editor.[5] After stints at Life and In Style covering special wedding and makeover issues, she joined the new and struggling Us Weekly as an executive editor in 2002.[4] One year later, Min was named editor in chief, replacing Bonnie Fuller.[5] A then-unknown in the industry, Min nearly doubled circulation, ushered in a new age of celebrity media and was credited with "wielding an Oprah-esque power over celebrity culture."[9]

Min has been honored as Adweek’s Editor of the Year[10] and Us Weekly, under her leadership, was on Adweek’s Hot List for four straight years, was awarded Advertising Age’s Magazine of the Year.[11] and recognized as Cappell Circulation Report’s Performer of the Decade. Min was also named one of the New York Post’s Most Powerful Women in New York.[12] In 2006, she was one of Crain’s 40 Under 40.[13]

In August 2009, citing a desire to try something new, Min stepped down from Us Weekly.[14]

Min was named Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter in May 2010.[15] Richard Beckman, CEO of what is now Prometheus Global Media, owner of The Hollywood Reporter, said of her hire: "Janice dramatically transformed the landscape of entertainment journalism, and she is perfectly suited to lead The Hollywood Reporter's business-to-influencer coverage of the global entertainment industry."

The Hollywood Reporter has won 20 National Entertainment Journalism Awards from the L.A. Press Club, including best website, best entertainment publication and best entertainment journalist, since Min became editorial director. Min was also awarded the National Entertainment Journalism's Luminary Award for Career Achievement in 2012.[16][17] Min's revival of the magazine, which included an expanded breaking news web operation and the introduction of lifestyle features, boosted THR.com's unique visitors to nearly 12 million as of November 2012.[18] Min also expanded the brand's signature Roundtables, bringing together A-list film and television talent including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Julia Roberts to Aaron Sorkin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston for candid discussions both in print and on video. In 2013, the Awards Season Roundtables became a television series, The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, that aired on PBS SoCal stations.[19][20]

In January 2014, Min was promoted to co-president/chief creative officer over The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, putting her responsible for "editorial direction" over both brands.[21][22]

Min has written a book, How to Look Hot in a Minivan: A Real Woman's Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, and Dressing Chic in the Age of the Celebrity Mom. The book was released by St. Martin's Press in 2012.[23]

In July 2014, Min won an Emmy Award for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street.[24] Min served as executive producer of the program.[25]

Personal life[edit]

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Peter Sheehy, a former history teacher at Horace Mann School[1][26] and their three children.[7]

Published works[edit]

  • Min, Janice (2012). How to Look Hot in a Minivan: A Real Woman's Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, and Dressing Chic in the Age of the Celebrity Mom. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0312658977. 


  1. ^ a b c Axelrod, Nick (October 13, 2011). "JANICE MIN TAKES HOLLYWOOD". Elle. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brown, Douglas (October 30, 2005). "Gossip goddess". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (May 26, 2010). "Can Janice Min Conquer Hollywood?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Richardson, Lynda (February 25, 2004). "PUBLIC LIVES; Celebrity Weekly Shocker: Editor Is No Diva!". The New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Lorge Butler, Sarah (March 2005). "Min Makes Her Mark". Columbia College Today. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (July 3, 2006). "Us Editor Janice Min Dictates: In Raw Times, Jessica, Jen, Jolie". New York Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Min, Janice (February 4, 2010). "Confessions of an Alpha wife". New York Post. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jones, Jr., Landon Y. (April 7, 1997). "Inside People". People. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Brown, Douglas (2005-11-04). "Janice Min wields an Oprah-esque power over our celebrity-crazed culture". The Denver Post. 
  10. ^ Newman, Judith (2005-03-14). "The Hot List". Media Week. Retrieved 2010-03-13. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Us Weekly - Magazine of the Year". AdAge. 2004-10-25. 
  12. ^ Stadtmiller, Mandy (2007-06-13). "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women". New York Post. 
  13. ^ Flamm, Matthew (2006). "Janice Min - 2006 40 Under 40 - Crain’s New York Business Rising Stars". Crains. 
  14. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (2009-07-20). "Janice Min, Us Weekly Editor, Is Stepping Down". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Carr, David (2011-05-29). "An Outsider Making Waves in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  16. ^ "THR's Janice Min Honored by L.A. Press Club". L.A. Press Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  18. ^ Kelly, Keith J. "THR editor Min gains control of Guggenheim’s Billboard". NY Post. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". Billboard. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Watch The Hollywood Reporters Director Roundtable Tonight". WN. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Carr, David. "New Leader at Billboard Sees Future in Visuals". NY Times. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". Trending Fever. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Hanes, Stephanie (2012-08-23). "Janice Min and the post baby bump "momshell" wannabe phenomenon". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  24. ^ "WINNERS OF THE 66th LOS ANGELES AREA EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED". Television Academy. July 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Hollywood Reporter Receives First-Ever Emmy Nomination for Award Roundtable". The Hollywood Reporter. June 23, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ Malle, Chloe (July 14, 2010). "Us Weekly Editor’s Lafayette Apartment Sells At a Min-imum". New York Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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