Please welcome Colleen Smitek as the new editor of Cleveland Magazine. Colleen was born in West Park and is a die-hard Clevelander who grew up on trips to Municipal Stadium, the West Side Market and Playhouse Square.
Colleen began her career as a reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, worked as a senior editor for Cleveland Magazine and then went on to serve as the editor of Lake Erie Living, which is owned by Great Lakes Publishing, for a decade. She has been honored numerous times for her work by The Associated Press, The Press Club of Cleveland and Society of Professional Journalists. Some of her most memorable interviews include Mike White, LeBron James, Patty Heaton, Tom Hanks, Betty White and many others integral to Cleveland’s past and future.
Colleen is an amazing talent that is coming back to us to take the helm at a very important time in our history. Cleveland Magazine is very proud to have been your guide to living an inspired life in Cleveland since its founding almost 50 years ago.
We’d also like to thank our outgoing editor, Kim Schneider, for her dedication to the magazine and for guiding us through the considerable challenges of the last year and a half.
One of our founding principles was that the cultural assets and lifestyle opportunities available here are unrivaled anywhere — and they deserve to be celebrated in a way that only a first-class glossy magazine can do.
Now with the proliferation of the digital age, there are many more opportunities to celebrate the grit and glamour unique to our city. I am very excited for Colleen and her team as they leverage the magazine and its digital channels and take on the challenge of entertaining and informing a new generation of inspired Clevelanders.