Editor to speak at spring commencement

May 12, 2010

by Tech News Bureau

A 1983 Louisiana Tech journalism and graphic design graduate will be the spring commencement speaker Saturday, May 22 in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Rosemary Ellis, editor of Good Housekeeping magazine, will also be inducted into Tech’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

“Rosemary is one of our most outstanding alumni we have,” said Wiley Hilburn, former Tech journalism department head and professor emeritus.”

As one of his former students, Hilburn said Ellis showed much creativity when she was at Tech. He said she has done well in combining journalism and graphic design skills learned at Tech.

“She was not only a good student, but a nice person to be around,” Hilburn said. “On the college newspaper, she was like the captain of the team. She was an excellent feature writer and we are so proud of her.”

Ellis was appointed editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping in 2006. She oversees the content for the magazine, which has a circulation of 25 million, the magazine’s highly-trafficked website and the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, responsible for the Good Housekeeping Seal.

She was one of four recipients in 2008 of Global Green USA’s Sustainable Design Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations championing a clean environment. She was honored for overseeing all the magazine’s content including the development of Good Housekeeping’s annual green house project.

Also in 2008, Ellis received an industry honor when Good Housekeeping was a finalist in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ personal service category. In addition, Good Housekeeping received the American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Article Award in the service category.

Before joining Good Housekeeping, she was senior vice president and editorial director of Prevention magazine where she played an integral role in turning the magazine around. Under her leadership the magazine received the National Magazine Award nomination from the American Society of Magazine Editors for “General Excellence” in 2006.

Prior to Prevention, Ellis served as consultant to Real Simple and the AOL Web Properties division, website director and executive editor of Expedia Travels and executive editor of Time Inc. Interactive and Time Inc. New Media.