Country Weekly Announces New Hire, Promotion

Jon Freeman Joins Staff as Deputy Editor of Country Lifestyle Publication

Joseph Hudak Named Managing Editor

Nov 19, 2012, 14:10 ET from American Media, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lisa Konicki, Editor-in-Chief of Country Weekly, announced today an addition to her team of senior staff with the hiring of Jon Freeman as Deputy Editor. He will report directly to Konicki and Managing Editor Joseph Hudak, who assumed the role of Managing Editor in October.   

Freeman most recently served as Managing Editor of MusicRow, overseeing the Nashville music industry publication's website content as well as its national radio chart. Freeman is a graduate of Auburn University and also attended Belmont University in Nashville. Among his duties as Deputy Editor, Freeman will help oversee Country Weekly's digital components, including

"As a regular reader of Country Weekly, I am very excited about the opportunity to be part of the team that makes it all happen," said Freeman. I look forward to beginning this new chapter of my career and building upon the magazine's iconic brand."

Hudak joined Country Weekly in August as Deputy Editor and has helped Editor-in-Chief Konicki further establish the brand as the leader in all things country music—from music news and artist profiles to country-lifestyle features. Prior to coming onboard with Country Weekly, Hudak was Senior Editor at TV Guide Magazine.

"I couldn't be happier with the staff we've put together at Country Weekly," said Konicki. "As our new Deputy Editor, Jon brings a unique perspective to both the magazine and, one informed by his years of experience reporting on the music industry. I look forward to Jon joining me, Joseph and the rest of the CW team as we further cement Country Weekly's reputation as the go-to destination for country fans."

Freeman will be based at Country Weekly's Nashville headquarters.

As America's premier country entertainment source for 18 years, Country Weekly and deliver the inside stories on country music's hottest stars, featuring late-breaking news and the scoop on star lifestyles, families, homes, favorite foods and latest fashions. Country Weekly is published 52 times a year by parent company American Media, Inc. and is also available at

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