Alumnae Achievement Awards
Jacobson Levine ’64
Editor-In-Chief of Good Housekeeping
on Good Morning America
Published in the New York Times
President, American Society
Board Member, NY Restoration Project
Jacobson Levine ’64 made publishing
history in October 1994 when she became the first
woman to be
named Editor-In-Chief of Good Housekeeping since the
magazine was founded in 1885. Before her appointment
to the top post at the flagship publication of Hearst
Magazines, she served as Editor-in-Chief of two other
major women’s magazines: Redbook (1990-1994) and
Women’s Day (1982-1990), and as Senior Editor of
Cosmopolitan (1976-1982). While at Women’s Day,
Ms. Levine was also Senior Vice President of Hachette
Ms. Levine makes frequent appearances on national talk
shows and news programs, including Good Morning America,
on which she is a regular guest. She is the author of
numerous books and articles and her work has appeared
in many publications, including The New York Times. She
began her journalism career at The Record in Hackensack,
NJ, following her graduation from Wellesley College.
Ms. Levine served two terms as President
of the American Society of Magazine Editors(ASME),
from 1994-1996. She
was appointed a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s
Commission on Pornography and filed a minority dissent.
As a result of her work on the commission, the American
Society of Journalists and Authors presented her with
an award in 1986 for courage in the pursuit of truth.
And in 1987, she was similarly honored by the Atlantic
Coast Independent Distributors, Inc., for distinguished
service defending the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In 1999, Good Housekeeping won the National Magazine
Award for personal service. Most recently, she was awarded
the first Media Award by the American College of Nueropsychopharmacology
(ACNP) for the numerous articles on mental illness she
has published in Good Housekeeping.
Throughout her career, Ms. Levine has
been cited by many organizations. In January 2004,
she was inducted
into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame by ASME
and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). In November
2003, she received a Leadership in Media Award from the
American Legacy Foundation for her anti-smoking accomplishments
and a WISER award from the Heinz Family Philanthropies.
In October 2003, she and her husband Dr. Richard U. Levine,
were the recipients of the Wind Beneath My Wings Leadership
Award from New York Restoration Project. She has also
been recognized by the American Health Foundation (1996)
; received the Writer’s Hall of Fame Award for
her lifestyle coverage in 1981, served as a delegate
at the International Women Media Foundation meeting in
Prague, Chez Republic; was elected to the YMCA’s
Academy of Women Achievers in 1982. Similar citations
have been bestowed upon Ms. Levine by the New Jersey
State Federation of Women’s Clubs; Douglass College
of Rutgers University; East Bergen Business and Professional
Award for Excellence in Health Care in 1997; and the
Birmingham (AL) Southern College for outstanding achievement.
In 1989, she received the Matrix Award for exceptional
achievement, one of the communication industry’s
most prestigious honors.
Ms. Levine currently serves on the Board of the New
York Restoration Project, the Board of Advisors of New
York Women in Communications, the Board of Directors
for Gaylord Entertainment and Finlay Enterprises, Inc.,
and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lifetime
Television. She is an editorial consultant for O, The
Oprah Magazine. Ms. Levine resides with her husband,
a physician, in New York City. They have two sons.
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