Consumer Reports Has Two New Editors, Plans to Redesign Magazine
Consumer Reports announced Monday the appointment of two new editors and said it will redesign its magazine later this year.
Kimberly Kleman will take over as editor-in-chief of the publication immediately. Kleman has worked at the magazine for 10 years and most recently held the position of editorial director. Greg Daugherty has been named to the newly created position of executive editor and will oversee the editors that manage Consumer Reports’ reporting teams, which cover automobiles, electronics, finance, health and home.
Daugherty helped Consumers Union, Consumer Reports’ parent company, develop its Money Adviser newsletter. He writes the Money Adviser’s "Retirement Guy" column.
Later this year, the magazine, which has a circulation of about 4.3 million readers, will redesign, Kleman said in a statement, adding that this year the magazine’s newsstand sales are up 50 percent in 2007 to 160,000 in monthly sales.
The redesign will better complement the publication’s Web site http://www.consumerreports.org, which will soon pass the 2.8-million mark in paid subscribers, up 50 percent from 2005.
Earlier this year, the highly regarded magazine, which provides consumer information through ratings reports and product reviews, took a credibility hit when it retracted a study it published on infant car seats.
The magazine reported in its February issue that most of the infant car seats it crash-tested "failed miserably" at speeds as low as 35 mph. The study was withdrawn after the magazine learned from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the tests had reportedly been conducted at speeds representing twice that amount.