Family Circle

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For the Australian magazine by the same title, see Pacific Magazines. For the British magazine, see Family Circle (UK magazine). For the comic strip originally called The Family Circle, see The Family Circus.
Family Circle
October 1, 2009, cover
Editor-in-chief Linda Fears
Categories home economics, women's interest
Frequency 15 issues/year
Publisher Meredith
Total circulation
First issue 1932
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0014-7206

Family Circle is an American home magazine published 15 times a year by Meredith Corporation. It began publication in 1932 as a magazine distributed at supermarkets such as Piggly Wiggly and Safeway. Cowles Magazines and Broadcasting bought the magazine in 1962. The New York Times Company bought the magazine for its woman's magazine division in 1971. The division was sold to Gruner + Jahr in 1994. When Gruner + Jahr decided to exit the US magazine market in 2005, the magazine was sold to the Meredith Corporation.

The magazine is considered one of the "Seven Sisters", a group of seven home-oriented magazines, with the others being Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, and Redbook.[2]

Family Circle also sponsors the Family Circle Cup in the Family Circle Magazine Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, a WTA tennis tournament which is the only Tier I clay court tournament in the United States.

In November 2009, Family Circle launched their social network for moms of tweens and teens.[3]


  • Harry Evans (1932–1936)
  • Robert Endicott (1936–1954)
  • Robert Jones (1955–1965)
  • Arthur Hettich (1965–1985)
  • Gay Bryant (1985–1986)
  • Arthur Hettich (1986–1988)
  • Jacqueline Leo (1988–1994)
  • Susan Kelliher Ungaro (1994–2006)
  • Linda Fears (2006–present)


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
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