Betsy Benson, Publisher
In 1969, Pittsburgh was a different place. So-called urban renewal and the Civil Rights Movement were in the forefront. The U.S. Steel Building was under construction. The Pittsburgh Steelers were heading into what would become known as the turnaround year. As yet, there was no fountain at
the Point. That summer a new publication based on a new
idea appeared on the scene.
Pittsburgh Renaissance was among the first of a new
breed of publications dubbed city magazines that were
sprouting up across the country. Like its brethren, Pittsburgh
Renaissance celebrated and chronicled a quickly evolving
local landscape and lifestyle with energy and imagination. A
year later, WQED boldly took over the publication, renamed
it, tucked a Channel 13 TV guide inside and perhaps saved it
Pittsburgh Magazine turns 45 years old in 2014, a benchmark
year that puts us among the most senior city magazines in the nation and,
we’d like to think, among the best. Perusing the four decades’ worth of
bound volumes that occupy a corner of our offices, one thing is very clear:
The people who have had the privilege of producing Pittsburgh Magazine
have done so with great care. As we embark on our 45th year, we pledge
to continue the tradition of telling the stories of Pittsburgh in a compelling
and thoughtful manner while building a business and a brand that engages
and supports our community in a multitude of ways.
This year will also mark the fifth anniversary of the magazine’s acquisition by
WiesnerMedia, an agreement that returned the magazine to the independent ownership from whence
it came. The transition brought with it investment and opportunity for growth, which has infused
Pittsburgh Magazine with new life.
And so, even as we embrace our senior status among magazines, locally and nationally, we find that
we are aging in reverse: It seems as if we are getting more vibrant each day. A talented, energetic staff
will do that for you. Our editors and designers are constantly expanding our print offerings, embracing
digital media and serving voracious readers with a feast of information about their favorite city. Our
sales team members canvass the region, seeking new and creative ways to help companies build their
businesses. Our production, marketing and administrative staff work hard to produce a publication
efficiently and of the highest quality possible.
We head into our 45th year full of excitement about the opportunities we have to serve our
customers in new and inventive ways — all while having a lot of fun doing it.
We thank you for your support.
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