Joanne Lipman

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Joanne Lipman
Born June 18th, 1961
New Brunswick, NJ
Occupation Journalist, Editor, Author
Notable credit(s) "Strings Attached" , The Wall Street Journal , Conde Nast , The New York Times

Joanne Lipman (born June 18, 1961) is Chief Content Officer of publishing company Gannett,[1] and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship title plus 109 local media organizations, including the Detroit Free Press, the Des Moines Register and the Arizona Republic.[2][3] The CCO role, a new position, was created to unite Gannett's media properties into the nationwide USA TODAY NETWORK, encompassing the company's 3,000 journalists.[4] Lipman is also currently working on a book for publisher William Morrow based on her viral Wall Street Journal article, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men." [5] She is co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, published by Hyperion in the U.S., with international editions in Europe and Asia.[6] She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and website from 2005 to 2009.[7] Previously she was a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, the first woman to hold that position.[8] She is a frequent television commentator on business issues, appearing on CNN, CNBC, CBS and other news outlets.[9] She has also contributed to the New York Times.[10][11]

Biography and Career[edit]

A native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, Joanne Lipman graduated from East Brunswick High School and summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in history. While a student at Yale, she worked as an intern for The Wall Street Journal, which she joined as a staff reporter upon graduating in 1983.[12] In 1984 she reported that Alastair Reid, a staff writer for The New Yorker, had created composite characters and otherwise altered facts in his reporting.[13] After covering the insurance and real estate beats, she created and wrote the Journal's daily Advertising column from 1989 through 1992. She served as a Page One editor of the Journal from 1992 through 1996.

In 1998, she created the Journal's popular Friday section, Weekend Journal.[14] She served as its Editor-in-Chief through 2000, when she was named a Deputy Managing Editor of the newspaper, the first woman to hold that post.[15] In 2002, she oversaw the creation of a new fourth section, Personal Journal. The New York Times described her role as the Journal's "innovator in chief."[16]

In 2005, Lipman moved to Conde Nast to create Conde Nast Portfolio and, a business magazine and website that launched in April 2007. The print magazine folded after 21 issues in May 2009.[17] The website,, is now being run by a Conde Nast sister company, American City Business Journals.

Lipman serves on the Yale University Council,[18] the Yale Daily News board of directors, and the advisory board.[19] She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Awards, among others.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2008, Portfolio was awarded a National Magazine Award, with the magazine's "Brief" section cited for being "Consistently smart, contrarian, and original take on ambition, invention, ego, drama, and conflict. The surprisingly fresh and clean design complements and furthers and section's distinctive voice as it charts the impact of business on society, culture, and politics."[20]

While on the Journal's Page One, Lipman edited a series that earned the paper the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. In 2005, the Journal won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage that appeared in Weekend Journal and Personal Journal.[21]

Lipman received the John Hancock award in 1993 for Excellence for her daily Advertising column.[22] In 2001, she received the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications for achievement in the newspaper category.[23]


Lipman is married to Thomas Distler, an entertainment lawyer. They have two children.


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  4. ^ "Gannett names Lipman chief content officer, Bernard product chief". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  5. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Lipman Gets 'Working' for William Morrow". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
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