Amy Carr Is New Editor of Chicago Magazine

From a post on headlined “Chicago magazine taps Tribune’s Amy Carr as new editor”:

It’s anyone’s guess how long Chicago magazine will remain in Alden Global Capital’s local portfolio, but for now the venerable city monthly has a new editor.

Amy Carr, who stepped down after eight years as a top features editor at the Chicago Tribune, is back in the fold as editor of Chicago magazine. Both publications are owned by the New York-based hedge fund that acquired Tribune Publishing last month.

Carr said she applied for “but didn’t ultimately accept” a buyout as planned. “I was preparing for a summer of finding my next chapter,” she wrote. “Instead, my next chapter found me, and it’s an incredible one.”

Par Ridder, general manager of Chicago Tribune Media Group, announced Carr’s appointment as editor.

“Amy is the ideal editor to run such a storied title,” Ridder wrote. “She has proven time and again to be an inspiring and innovative journalist with a knack for finding the best ways to tell stories across all platforms.”

Ridder also confirmed that Terry Noland, executive editor of Chicago magazine, since 2014, would be leaving after publication of the August issue.

Carr succeeds Susanna Homan, who accepted a buyout after five years as editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicago magazine. Homan announced that she’ll start next week as CEO of the nonprofit no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago.

Carr, who joined the Tribune in 2013 as development editor, most recently held the title of director of life and culture content, overseeing entertainment, lifestyles, food and dining, travel, books, homes, health and family, real estate, cars, the Tribune’s Sunday magazine and editorial events.

She previously worked for TimeOut Chicago, where she signed on as managing editor at its inception in 2004 and was promoted to executive editor in 2009. Earlier the Eastern Illinois University graduate spent 15 years at the Daily Herald, where she rose from reporter to assistant features editor.

“The opportunity to get back to magazines and lead such a great title in a city I adore, is an honor, a challenge and the kind of thrill I wasn’t sure journalism still had to offer for me,” Carr wrote. “So much for my plans to read books on the lakefront!

“Looking forward to telling new stories about this city — all of it — in a new place.”

Robert Feder, a lifelong Chicagoan, has been covering the media beat in his hometown since 1980. He operates his blog under an agreement with the Daily Herald.

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