Janice Min

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Janice Min
Janice Min (Photo: The Hollywood Reporter)

Janice Min is an American editor and writer who rose to prominence as the longtime editor of Us Weekly.

Born to a Korean American family, Min is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Min began her career as a newspaper reporter in Westchester County, New York.[1] She joined People magazine at the age of 23 as a staff writer, where she remained for five years. After stints at Life and In Style, she joined the new and struggling Us Weekly in 2002. The next year, Min was named editor in chief. A then-unknown in the industry, Min nearly doubled circulation, ushered in a new age of celebrity media and was credited with "wielding an Oprah-esque power over celebrity culture."[2]

Min has been honored as Adweek’s Editor of the Year[3] and Us Weekly, under her leadership, was on Adweek’s Hot List for four straight years, was awarded Advertising Age’s Magazine of the Year.[4] and recognized as Cappell Circulation Report’s Performer of the Decade. Min was also named one of the New York Post’s Most Powerful Women in New York.[5] In 2006, she was one of Crain’s 40 Under 40.[6]

In August 2009, citing a desire to try something new, Min stepped down from Us Weekly.[7]

Min was named Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter in May 2010.[8] Richard Beckman, CEO of what is now Prometheus Global Media, owner of The Hollywood Reporter, said of her hire: "Janice dramatically transformed the landscape of entertainment journalism, and she is perfectly suited to lead The Hollywood Reporter's business-to-influencer coverage of the global entertainment industry."

The Hollywood Reporter has won 20 National Entertainment Journalism Awards from the L.A. Press Club, including best website, best entertainment publication and best entertainment journalist, since Min became editorial director. Min was also awarded the National Entertainment Journalism's Luminary Award for Career Achievement in 2012.[9][10] Min's revival of the magazine, which included an expanded breaking news web operation and the introduction of lifestyle features, boosted THR.com's unique visitors to nearly 12 million as of November 2012.[11] Min also expanded the brand's signature Roundtables, bringing together A-list film and television talent including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Julia Roberts to Aaron Sorkin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston for candid discussions both in print and on video. In 2013, the Awards Season Roundtables became a television series, The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, that aired on PBS SoCal stations.[12][13]

In January 2014, Min was promoted to co-president/chief creative officer over The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, putting her responsible for "editorial direction" over both brands.[14][15]

Min has written a book, How to Look Hot in a Minivan: A Real Woman's Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, and Dressing Chic in the Age of the Celebrity Mom. The book was released by St. Martin's Press in 2012.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Raised in Littleton, Colorado by Korean parents, Min is the youngest of three children. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Peter, and their three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Min, Janice (2010-02-04). "Confessions of an Alpha wife". New York Post. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ Brown, Douglas (2005-11-04). "Janice Min wields an Oprah-esque power over our celebrity-crazed culture". The Denver Post. 
  3. ^ Newman, Judith (2005-03-14). "The Hot List". Media Week. Retrieved 2010-03-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Us Weekly - Magazine of the Year". AdAge. 2004-10-25. 
  5. ^ Stadtmiller, Mandy (2007-06-13). "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women". New York Post. 
  6. ^ Flamm, Matthew (2006). "Janice Min - 2006 40 Under 40 - Crain’s New York Business Rising Stars". Crains. 
  7. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (2009-07-20). "Janice Min, Us Weekly Editor, Is Stepping Down". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Carr, David (2011-05-29). "An Outsider Making Waves in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  9. ^ "THR's Janice Min Honored by L.A. Press Club". L.A. Press Club. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Kelly, Keith J. "THR editor Min gains control of Guggenheim’s Billboard". NY Post. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". Billboard. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Watch The Hollywood Reporters Director Roundtable Tonight". WN. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Carr, David. "New Leader at Billboard Sees Future in Visuals". NY Times. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". Trending Fever. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Hanes, Stephanie (2012-08-23). "Janice Min and the post baby bump "momshell" wannabe phenomenon". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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