By Special to the Daily World
CHICAGO — Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) CEO Desiree Rogers has named award-winning journalist, editorial consultant and bestselling author, Mitzi Miller as editor-in-chief of JET magazine. Miller will take the reins of the enduring publication effective May 9, 2011.
“We continue to implement our corporate strategy of placing industry veterans in key management roles at Johnson Publishing,” said Rogers. “Mitzi brings an impressive journalistic record to her role and will begin the process of assessing the future of JET as she takes on the leadership of the magazine.”
Miller brings to JET her expertise as an editorial consultant for Juicy and SET Magazines and her writing skills as a contributor to Essence, VIBE, and Uptown Magazine, among others. She was the entertainment editor at HONEY Magazine, where she wrote the popular “girl-around-town” column. Miller was also a TV and culture critic for VH1 and the Food Network.
“I am honored to join the Johnson Publishing family and look forward to re-energizing the JET brand,” said Miller. “For 60 years JET has consistently delivered news about Black America. It is my priority to meet the evolving media needs of our loyal base of readers in exciting and entertaining ways.”
Miller’s first book, “The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life” was released in 2004 to rave reviews in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Newsweek Magazine. Her second book, “The Vow,” was recently optioned for production by Lifetime Television Network. Most recently, her teen series, “Hotlanta” received multiple awards from the American Library Association and was optioned for production by The CW Television Network.
Miller is a board member of the nonprofit, Hip-Hop 4 Life. She is a skilled public speaker who has appeared at various forums and seminars nationwide including the 2010 Young Women’s Empowerment Summit at Long Island University; The Freshman Honors Reception at Florida A&M University; and Essence Magazine’s Image of Black Women in Media Panel. Miller is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a BA in English. She will be based in Chicago.