Cover of the July/August 2011 issue
|Publisher||U.S. Department of State|
|First issue||March 20, 1947|
|Based in||Washington, DC|
State Magazine is published by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Human Resources. Its mission is to acquaint Department of State employees at home and abroad with developments affecting operations and personnel, and to facilitate communication between management and employees.
The full-color magazine is published 11 times per year, with a combined July and August issue, and features news of interest to employees, retirees and the general public.
The Foreign Service News Letter was dated March 20, 1947, and was published monthly by the office of the Director General of the United States Foreign Service to "acquaint members of the Foreign Service with plans and developments of interest to or which may affect operations or personnel in the field." The Foreign Service News Letter's final issue, Number 170, was dated April 15, 1961.
A Department Notice dated April 21, 1961, announced that "the Foreign Service News Letter, formerly published by the Director General of the Foreign Service, will be retitled the Department of State News Letter and published by the Bureau of Administration, effective with the issue of May 15, 1961." In its new form, the News Letter was intended to "acquaint the Department's officers and employees, at home and abroad, with developments of interest which may affect operations or personnel."
Issue number 1 of the Department of State News Letter appeared on May 16, 1961. The final issue, number 229, was published in December, 1980. It was immediately succeeded by the January, 1981, publication of State, which continued the News Letter's numbering with issues 230-378. In 1996, with the June/July issue (number 379), the publication became State Magazine.
The 500th issue of State Magazine was published in April 2006. The occasion was marked with a revamped design and a retrospective article that recounted major events covered during the preceding 45 years.
From the D.G.: A monthly column written by the Director General of the Foreign Service
Diversity Notes: Written each month by the director of the Department of State's Office of Civil Rights
Post of the Month: A monthly spotlight on an embassy, diplomatic mission or consulate with special insight on the host city
Office of the Month: Focuses on one of the Department's unique offices
The Active Years: Stories about State Department retirees
Appointments, Retirements and Obituaries: A listing of personnel actions and announcements
The Last Word: A back-page column written by the editor in chief
Cartoon: The inside back cover of each issue features a cartoon of humorous characters and situations inspired by life at the Department of State
Subscriptions and submissions
State Magazine is available by paid subscription through the U.S. Government Printing Office. The magazine welcomes letters, comments and feedback from its readers. In general, the magazine does not publish editorials or endorsements of commercial products or services.
The online digital edition of State Magazine can be found on the State Magazine page of the Department of State's Web site. The magazine is also available for the Apple iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone by downloading the StateMag application in the Apple's App Store.