Sherri Dalphonse Named Editor of Washingtonian Magazine

From Cathy Merrill Williams, publisher of Washingtonian magazine:

I am delighted to announce that our next editor-in-chief will be Sherri Dalphonse. She will be only the fifth editor in Washingtonian’s 57-year-history and the first-ever woman editor-in-chief. We are one of a very small number of woman-owned media companies and we now proudly have women leading both editorial and sales!

Sherri will oversee all editorial content for print and online. Beyond her exceptional professionalism, I chose Sherri because I deeply value her thoughtful insight, her candid feedback, and her ability to maintain calm under pressure. A Washingtonian veteran of more than 35 years, she has been a trusted resource to many.  She served as counsel to our long-time editor Jack Limpert and, as executive editor, she was a right hand to Michael Schaffer.  Most importantly, she is someone whom I have trusted and relied on for help and feedback for the past 16 years. Sherri also came with the recommendation of the entire leadership team.

For those of you unfamiliar with Sherri’s background: She graduated from Syracuse University and lives in the District of Columbia. She started at the Washingtonian in 1986 as an editorial intern, working her way up the masthead. She has won a number of awards for her work, including several from the City and Regional Magazine Association. Over the years, she has been the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, and finance, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. In other words, she knows service, which is at the heart of everything we do to ensure we are delivering on our mission to help readers get the most out of living in Washington.

Finally, I want to say that even though Sherri has been with us for a long time, I feel so much pride and excitement to have her in this new role. I am very grateful for how she has steered the company these past four months and I speak for the entire leadership team when I say we are all looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with her on our exciting future going forward.

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