|First issue||October 1974|
|Company||D Magazine Partners|
|Based in||Dallas, Texas|
D Magazine covers a range of topics including politics, business, food, fashion and lifestyle in the city of Dallas. The first issue was published in October 1974 by its founders, Wick Allison and Jim Atkinson.
D Magazine was founded in 1974 by two University of Texas graduates, Wick Allison and Jim Atkinson. Both had a vision of giving Dallas an independent city magazine with an impact that would serve readers’ interests. They developed their concept after-hours while Allison, a Dallas native, attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University and Atkinson reported on KERA’s daily Newsroom program. Their vision was backed financially by young Dallas business people who shared their belief in the need for a strong city magazine.
The magazine received an early boost from Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus, who sent a letter to 200,000 Neiman Marcus cardholders in the Dallas area, urging them to subscribe to the new magazine. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).
The magazine was not well received by everyone. In 1975 then-mayor Wes Wise sued the magazine for libel. That same year the Dallas Restaurant Association sent a letter to its members urging an advertising boycott of the magazine because of its critical dining reviews. In 1990, American Express purchased the magazine, but the new ownership was not successful. In 1996, original founder Wick Allison repurchased the magazine with a group of investors, and in 2003 became the sole owner.
The editors and staff writers of D also publish FrontBurner, a blog about things relating to Dallas. In 2000, Allison launched a sister magazine, D Home, for the home furnishings industry, and in 2003 a magazine for local brides called D Weddings. By 2007 there were five more magazines under the D brand, serving various communities of interest, as well as nine associated community weeklies serving affluent neighborhoods in Dallas.
D Magazine Partners also publishes D Home, D CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Directory, D Weddings, Private School Handbook, and Dmagazine.com, a daily resource for best restaurants in Dallas, recommendations for things to do, local news, and commentary on life in Dallas.
"Pay to play" accusation
In 2021, former Texas state representative Matt Rinaldi criticized the magazine, telling The Dallas Express that D Magazine's "Best" series is a "pay-to-play" advertising sales scheme. The series showcases business leaders and lawyers as being top in their field. Rinaldi characterized the series as "is a scam and exists solely to sell advertising to those who get themselves listed in it."
Awards and nominations
|2019||City & Regional Magazine Awards||Multiplatform Storytelling||Winner||D Magazine, "A Day in Dallas" — D Magazine Partners|
|General Excellence 2 (Circulation 30,000 to 60,000)||D Magazine — D Magazine Partners|
|Ancillary: Weddings||Finalist||D Weddings, Fall/Winter 2018 — D Magazine Partners|
|Ancillary: General Interest||D CEO, November 2018 — D Magazine Partners|
|Profile (Circulation less than 60,000)||D Magazine, "The Rogue Shepherd" (Kathy Wise) — D Magazine Partners|
|Ancillary: Home/Shelter||D Home, November/December 2018 — D Magazine Partners|
|2018||FOLIO Awards: Eddies||City & Regional - Long-Form Feature Content||Winner||D Magazine, The Rogue Shepherd — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Podcast||D Magazine, EarBurner Podcast — D Magazine Partners|
|Consumer/Custom - Supplemental, Annual or One-Shot||D Magazine, 100 Ideas to Living a Beautiful Life in Dallas — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Range of Work by a Single Author||Honorable Mention||D Magazine, Zac Crain — D Magazine Partners|
|Consumer - Newsletter||D Magazine, D Brief — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Immersive/Interactive Storytelling||D Magazine, 10 Most Stylish People in Dallas — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Full Issue - South West||D Magazine, May 2018 — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Full Issue - South West||D Home, September/October 2017 — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Special Recognition||Individuals & Teams - Magazine of the Year||D Magazine — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Ozzies||City & Regional - Feature Design||Winner||D Magazine, Best Steakhouses Feature — D Magazine Partners|
|City & Regional - Cover Design||Honorable Mention||D Magazine, Best Steakhouses — D Magazine Partners|
|Consumer - Photography||D Weddings, Gown Shoot — D Magazine Partners|
|Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) Awards||Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature||Winner||D Magazine, "Taste Japan in Dallas" (Eve Hill-Agnus) — D Magazine Partners|
|Best Food Coverage in a Magazine||D Magazine, Eve Hill-Agnus — D Magazine Partners|
|2017||FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital||City & Regional - News Coverage||Winner||D Magazine, Barrett Brown's City Council Reports — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Eddies||City & Regional - Series of Articles||D Magazine, Coverage of Dr. Christopher Duntsch — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Digital||Consumer/City & Regional - Site Design||Honorable Mention||D Magazine, Visual Storytelling: Greatest Dallasites — D Magazine Partners|
|2016||FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital||Consumer - Column/Blog||Honorable Mention||D Magazine, The Real Housewives of Dallas Recaps — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Eddies||Consumer - Single Article - Regional||D Magazine, When Henry Wade Executed an Innocent Man — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Digital||Consumer - Site Design||D Magazine, Neighborhood Guides — D Magazine Partners|
|FOLIO Awards: Ozzies||Consumer - Overall Design - Under 250,000 Circulation||DMagazine.com|
|2015||FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital||Consumer - Website - Media/Entertainment Publishing||Honorable Mention||D Magazine, How Not To Get Away With Murder|
|FOLIO Awards: Eddies||Consumer - Single Article - Regional||DMagazine.com|
|FOLIO Awards: Ozzies||Consumer - Site Design||D Weddings, Spring/Summer 2015|
- "D Magazine Audit". Circulation Verification Council. June 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- Home page. D Magazine. Retrieved on May 30, 2014. "750 N St Paul St Ste 2100 Dallas, TX 75201"
- "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Wise v. Dallas Southwest Media Corp., 596 S.W.2d 533 (Tex. App. 1979)". Court Listener. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
- "D Magazine cuts staff, closes three papers". Dallas Business Journal. November 18, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "D Magazine lays off 12". Dallas Business Journal. March 5, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Fairley, Juliette. "Rinaldi: 'Best professionals series is a pay-to-play issue of D Magazine'". Dallas Express. Retrieved 2021-04-27.