Myers grew up all over the United States; she lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Myers is a graduate of Plantation High School, Plantation, Florida, where she was co-captain of the swim team. She attended Colorado State University in 1982 on a diving scholarship and received a degree in political science.
Roberta Myers was named editor-in-chief of ELLE in May 2000. Since taking the position, Myers has directed ELLE into a new era of success, giving readers the best in fashion, beauty, culture, arts, and news coverage with exceptional visuals, writing and reporting. This combination has solidified ELLE's reputation as a magazine for women that delivers both style and substance. Myers is also responsible for content creation across all platforms including ELLE, ELLE.com and the ELLE iPad app which launched in October 2010. Under Myers' editorial leadership, branded content is read by 5.6 million consumers in print and 1.5 million visitors online per month. A testament to the brand's vitality and continued editorial relevance, ELLE has posted the largest increase in total readership in the past five years across all fashion magazines by 16 percent. In 2009, ELLE was the #1 performing monthly magazine with 2,082 ad pages and was subsequently placed at #2 on the 2009 Adweek Hot List. ELLE also was placed on Adweek's 2008 Brand Leaders List, and was nominated in the Essays category at the 2008 National Magazine Awards. In September 2008, Forbes voted Myers No. 2 on its list of Most Powerful U.S. Fashion Magazine Editors and in May 2009, Gotham named Myers a Media Power Player.
Myers came to ELLE from Mirabella, where she had been the editor-in-chief since April 1998. During her tenure, Mirabella received a National Magazine Award nomination for Essays and Criticism. Prior to joining Mirabella, she was a senior articles editor at ELLE; a senior editor at InStyle, where she worked on the start-up of the successful Time Inc. launch; and editor-in-chief of Tell, the first joint venture between a television network (NBC) and a magazine company. She was managing editor at Seventeen, promoted twice from articles editor. She also worked at Interview, for Andy Warhol, and began her career at Rolling Stone. She is currently vice president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, was honored by Laboratory Institute of Merchandising for her contribution to the Business of Fashion, and has received two ACE Awards and three ASME nominations over her career.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband, award winning New York architect, Frank Michielli, partner of Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, and two children.
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