Philadelphia (magazine)

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Year founded1908; 113 years ago (1908)
CountryUnited States
Based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia (also called "Philadelphia magazine" or referred to by the nickname "Phillymag", once called Greater Philadelphia) is a regional monthly magazine published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the Lipson family of Philadelphia and its company, Metrocorp.

History and profile[edit]

One of the oldest magazines of its kind, it was first published as a quarterly in 1908[1] by the Trades League of Philadelphia. S. Arthur Lipson bought the paper in 1946.[1]

Coverage includes Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as well as Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey. During summer, coverage expands to include vacation communities along the Jersey Shore.

The first article published in America that recognized a city's gay community and political scene was about Philadelphia and was called "The Furtive Fraternity" by Gaeton Fonzi, and published in the magazine in 1962.

The magazine has been the recipient of the National Magazine Award in various categories in 1970, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1993, and 1994.[citation needed]

Like other city and regional magazines, sections cover dining, entertainment, and special events. Feature articles cover the range of these topics, along with local and regional politics. Special (generally annual) features include "The Best of Philly" Awards, with summary top ratings of a panoply of products, services, stores, shops and community features; and "Top Doctors", listing top-rated physicians by specialty; and "50 Best Restaurants." It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[2]

In March 2010 the magazine launched the daily news and opinion site The Philly Post. In December 2010 it acquired the Philadelphia food blog Foobooz, and in 2012 acquired Tim McManus's and Sheil Kapadia's Birds 24/7. The name Philly Post was retired in a September 2013 website redesign, and the site simply published daily news and opinion as Philadelphia magazine.[citation needed]

The cover of the May 2007 issue[3] caused a minor controversy, as it featured a photograph of a nude 31-year-old woman who had undergone the removal of a cancerous growth from her buttocks.[4]


Key staff (as of June 2020) includes:

  • David H. Lipson, Jr., Chairman
  • Nick Fischer, Chief Executive Officer
  • Eileen Adelsberger, Publisher
  • Currently Vacant, Editor-in-Chief
  • Kathy Kramitz, Chief Financial Officer


Alumni staff includes:


  1. ^ a b "Metrocorp and Philadelphia Magazine Announce Change in Organizational Leadership". PR Newswire. 22 April 2003. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Philadelphia magazine issue archive Archived April 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, May 2005
  4. ^ Susan Barnett (May 11, 2007). "Local Woman Graces Philly Magazine Totally Nude". KYW-TV (CBS). Archived from the original on June 15, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Fagone, Jason. "Urban Outfitters Bares All". Philadelphia. Metro Corp. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ "The Trouble With Harry Jay Katz". Philadelphia. Metro Corp. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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