Country Weekly Magazine Announces New Staffing Changes

Jan 29, 2010, 12:04 ET from American Media, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- American Media, Inc. (AMI) announced today that Lisa Konicki, former Photo Editor of Country Weekly magazine, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief effective February 1.  Country Weekly is America's only weekly magazine devoted entirely to country music and its artists. Konicki will also have responsibility over the brand's web site,

In making the announcement, David Pecker, AMI president and CEO, said, "Lisa's wealth of leadership qualities and exciting ideas will continue to make our magazine and its web site a must-read for fans of country music's biggest stars."

Konicki, who has been with the magazine for 13 years, brings with her a passionate energy for giving country music fans exactly what they want: "I'm excited to have the opportunity to serve Country Weekly as its new Editor-in-Chief. I look forward to making it the most influential voice in the country music market, both in print and online."

Along with Konicki, other important staff changes included the appointment of new Managing Editor, Ken Tucker, who currently serves as Editor of Billboard Country Update.  As managing editor, Tucker will oversee the writing and editorial staff.

Additionally, Country Weekly welcomes back former staffer Eva Elliott. Elliott, who has held the art director position at Relish and Spry magazines for the last four years, formerly served Country Weekly as the assistant art director and will now serve as art director. She will oversee the layout and design of the magazine.

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