Cleveland native Liz Vaccariello named editor of People magazine










Vaccariello, a former editor of Cleveland Magazine, will be in charge of a publication that reaches more than three million readers each week.

She’s one of us – and now she’s on top of the bear of one of the biggest magazines in the country.

Liz Vaccariello, a Cleveland native and former editor of Cleveland magazine, has been named the new editor of People magazine after two decades working in New York for a handful of publications, including Reader’s Digest, Parents and Real Simple.

“In many ways, I go back to my roots as a journalist,” says Vaccariello. “I lived and learned personality journalism while writing—and then editing—Cleveland magazine, as well as true crime and some investigative journalism.”

Vaccariello worked for Cleveland Magazine from 1991 to 1999, during which time she created successful cover concepts, such as Rating the Suburbs, that still command attention today.

“Liz always had an incredible ability to know what people were interested in,” says Lute Harmon Sr, president of Cleveland Magazine. “It’s his secret.”

Vaccariello lives in New Jersey with her husband, Steve Vaccariello, and their two children. Steve, a photographer, contributed to Cleveland Magazine in the 1990s. They return to Cleveland several times a year to visit family.

People, which has more than three million copies and publishes weekly, is a change of pace for Vaccariello who has spent his career in monthly publications. But, armed with the same strategy she used at Cleveland Magazine, she’s ready to go.

“There’s no better way to tell a story than through people,” she says. “And that’s what People does better than anyone.”

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