Marshall Loeb to Become the New Editor of CJR

Photograph: Marshall Loeb, newly appointed editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, with Joan Konner, who is stepping down as dean of the Journalism school.

By Fred Knubel

Marshall Loeb, the editor, author and broadcast commentator and columnist for Fortune, has been appointed editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, succeeding Suzanne Braun Levine, who has resigned after leading the magazine to new prominence in the profession during the past eight years.

Joan Konner, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and publisher of CJR, announced the change, praised Levine's leadership and cited Loeb's extensive knowledge and experience in magazine journalism. The change is effective Jan. 1.

"Suzanne Levine, by maintaining exacting standards, enhanced the magazine's strong reputation and lifted it to new heights of excellence and influence," Konner said. "Marshall Loeb is among journalism's most highly regarded editors and writers, and he will bring new creativity, vigor and direction to the magazine.

Levine said of her tenure at CJR, "It has been challenging to be covering the world of journalism during what has been such a traumatic time; it has also been satisfying to be in the position of reaffirming the values of the profession for those struggling to maintain them."

Loeb, former managing editor of Fortune and Money magazines, said: "I'm enormously proud to become the editor of the magazine that is the pre-eminent champion and critic of journalism in America and, indeed, the world."

Loeb was managing editor of Fortune from 1986 to 1994, managing editor of Money from 1980 to 1984, and, successively, writer, business editor, nation editor and economics editor and columnist for Time, between 1956 and 1980. His program "Your Dollars" is broadcast daily on the CBS Radio Network, and his "Your Money" column is published in many newspapers. His latest book, Marshall Loeb's Lifetime Financial Strategies, was published in January by Little, Brown & Co. He has won every major award in business journalism, and his reporting has taken him to more than 70 countries. He is a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors and earned a journalism degree at the University of Missouri.

Levine became editor of CJR in January, 1989, after editing Ms Magazine since its founding in 1972. She won a Peabody Award for the HBO documentary "She's Nobody's Baby: American Women in the Twentieth Century" and she edited two books about the women's movement. She has lectured widely and is currently vice president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Looking ahead, Levine said: "I want to focus the expertise and insight that have come from editing for very specific communities on issues affecting a broader constituency."

CJR, founded in 1961, is the foremost publication of its kind in American journalism. It is read by most journalists and leaders in the industry and has been praised for stimulating improvement in the profession.

Columbia University Record -- December 6, 1996 -- Vol. 22, No. 11