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Janice Min

Janice Min
Janice Min in 2014
Born Janice Byung Min[1]
(1969-08-13) August 13, 1969 [2]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Columbia University
Columbia School of Journalism
Occupation Editor, writer
Title Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Digital Media
Spouse(s) Peter Sheehy (m. 1997)
Children 3

Janice Byung Min[1] (born August 13, 1969)[2] is an American editor and writer who rose to prominence as the longtime editor of Us Weekly. She is currently the Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Digital Media's entertainment group, overseeing The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.[3]

Early life

Min, the youngest of three children, was born in [6] and later became an executive for a medical supply company.[7] Her parents were raised in Seoul, South Korea and emigrated to the United States.[4][5] Her family moved to Littleton, Colorado when she was in first grade.[5][8] When Min was 13, she lied about her age, saying she was 14, to get a job at a local McDonald's.[5] In middle school and at Heritage High School, she worked on student newspapers.[5] She worked at a clothing store in Southglenn Mall, became a cash register at Target, and sold cosmetics at Foley's in college during a summer break.[5] Min moved to New York City and attended Columbia University when she was 16,[5] graduating in 1990 with a degree in history[8] and attended Columbia School of Journalism, where she graduated in 1991.[8] She interned one summer at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.[8]


Min began her career as a reporter for The Reporter-Dispatch[9] in Westchester County, New York,[10] covering police beat as well as school board and planning committee meetings before becoming a features writer.[8] She joined People magazine in 1993,[11] at the age of 23, as a staff writer, At first, Min struggled and was considered a poor writer. Paula Chin, then-senior editor of the magazine, mentored her[1] and Min remained at People for five years. During that period, she was promoted to the position of senior editor.[8] In 1998, she left People for Life, becoming the assistant managing editor.[2] Min later became the assistant managing editor of specials for InStyle, covering special wedding and makeover issues.[2]

Us Weekly

In 2001, Min applied for the job of editor-in-chief at Us Weekly, but publisher Jann Wenner opted to hire Bonnie Fuller instead.[1] Nonetheless, Min joined the new and struggling Us as an executive editor under Fuller.[7] One year later, Min was named editor in chief, replacing Fuller, who resigned from the publication to become the editorial director of American Media.[8][12] 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."[5]

Min has been honored as Adweek’s Editor of the Year[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] In 2006, she was one of Crain’s 40 Under 40.[16]

While Min was at Us Weekly, she was offered a job as a Page One editor at the Wall Street Journal, but declined.[5]

In August 2009, citing a desire to try something new, Min stepped down from Us Weekly.[17]

The Hollywood Reporter

Min was named editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter in May 2010.[18] 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."[19]

Under Min's tutelage, 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. Min was also awarded the National Entertainment Journalism's Luminary Award for Career Achievement in 2012.[20][21] Min's revival of the magazine, which included an expanded breaking news web operation and the introduction of Julia Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, 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.[24][25]

In January 2014, Min was promoted to co-president/chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, putting her responsible for "editorial direction" over both brands.[26][27]

In July 2014, Min won an Emmy Award for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street.[28] Min served as executive producer of the program.[29]


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.[30]

Personal life

Min used to live in New York City, with Julianne Moore as her neighbor.[31] She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Peter Sheehy, a former history teacher at Horace Mann School[4][32] and their three children.[33][34][35]

Published works

  • Min, Janice (2012). 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. St. Martin's Press.  


  1. ^ a b c d e "brad or britney? Britney or Brad? It's 9 o'clock". Adweek. March 14, 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hughes, Aria (February 15, 2012). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, JANICE MIN, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER?". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Randy (January 9, 2014). "Billboard shake-up puts Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min in charge". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Axelrod, Nick (October 13, 2011). "JANICE MIN TAKES HOLLYWOOD". Elle. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brown, Douglas (October 30, 2005). "Gossip goddess". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (May 26, 2010). "Can Janice Min Conquer Hollywood?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Richardson, Lynda (February 25, 2004). "PUBLIC LIVES; Celebrity Weekly Shocker: Editor Is No Diva!". The New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Lorge Butler, Sarah (March 2005). "Min Makes Her Mark". Columbia College Today. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (July 3, 2006). "Us Editor Janice Min Dictates: In Raw Times, Jessica, Jen, Jolie". New York Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Min, Janice (February 4, 2010). "Confessions of an Alpha wife".  
  11. ^ Jones, Jr., Landon Y. (April 7, 1997). "Inside People". People. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Janice Min Named Editor-in-Chief of Wenner Media's Us; Role in Strong First Half Newsstand Numbers Drives 2004 Rate Base Increase". BusinessWire. July 24, 2003. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Newman, Judith (March 14, 2005). "The Hot List". Media Week. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Us Weekly - Magazine of the Year". AdAge. October 25, 2004. 
  15. ^ Stadtmiller, Mandy (June 13, 2007). "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women".  
  16. ^ Flamm, Matthew (2006). "Janice Min - 2006 40 Under 40 - Crain’s New York Business Rising Stars". Crains. 
  17. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (July 20, 2009). "Janice Min, Us Weekly Editor, Is Stepping Down". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Carr, David (May 29, 2011). "An Outsider Making Waves in Hollywood".  
  19. ^ "Janice Min named THR editorial director". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "THR's Janice Min Honored by L.A. Press Club". L.A. Press Club. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim".  
  22. ^ Kelly, Keith J. "THR editor Min gains control of Guggenheim’s Billboard".  
  23. ^ Alimurung, Gendy (May 15, 2013). "Janice Min: The Hollywood Reporter's Editor". LA Weekly. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim".  
  25. ^ "Watch The Hollywood Reporters Director Roundtable Tonight". WN. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ Carr, David; Sisario, Ben (January 7, 2014). "New Leader at Billboard Sees Future in Visuals".  
  27. ^ "Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim". The Hollywood Reporter. January 7, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  28. ^ "WINNERS OF THE 66th LOS ANGELES AREA EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED". Television Academy. July 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Hollywood Reporter Receives First-Ever Emmy Nomination for Award Roundtable". The Hollywood Reporter. June 23, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  30. ^ Hanes, Stephanie (August 23, 2012). "Janice Min and the post baby bump "momshell" wannabe phenomenon".  
  31. ^ Elbert, Sarah (January 2014). "Covering Hollywood". Delta Sky Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  32. ^ Malle, Chloe (July 14, 2010). "Us Weekly Editor’s Lafayette Apartment Sells At a Min-imum". New York Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  33. ^ Min, Janice (August 17, 2014). "Can a Mom Get a Break?". The New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  34. ^ Urist, Jacoba (August 22, 2012). "Former Us Weekly editor defends her role in post-baby body wars". The Today Show. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  35. ^ "My HealthySELF: Magazine Editor Janice Min on Losing the Baby Weight (With Help From Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez)". Self Magazine. September 21, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

External links

  • Janice Min on Twitter
  • LA Times: Janice Min Helped Us Weekly Feed a Hunger for Celebrity
  • Nightline: Us Weekly editor profile
  • How To Look Hot In A Minivan
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