Pittsburgh Magazine

Pittsburgh Magazine

October 2012 cover
Editor-in-Chief Cindi Lash[1]
Categories Lifestyle magazine
Frequency monthly
Circulation 51,249[2]
Publisher WQED (1970-2009)
WiesnerMedia (2009-present)
First issue 1969[3]
Country Pittsburgh, United States
Language English
Website http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/

Pittsburgh Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It has a monthly readership of 341,274.[2] It produces the annual "40 Under 40" list of prominent young Pittsburghers in addition to the annual list of Pittsburgh's 25 Best Restaurants, Best of the 'Burgh, Top Doctors, Top Dentists and annual City Guide. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[4]

The magazine was purchased in 1970 by WQED, who used the magazine as part of its pledge drives.[5] By 1978, it was still losing money, but it had gained tax-exempt status through WQED.[5] Allies of Richard Mellon Scaife, the owner of the rival Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Pittsburgher, investigated the financial status, with a possible eye toward challenging the tax-exempt status.[5] In 1983, the magazine was drawn into a battle between staff members regarding WQED's involvement with Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign.[6] In 1990, the magazine was the subject of a libel lawsuit brought by two police officers after publishing an article about the disappearance of a Pittsburgh man; the suit was settled for $75,000.[7]

Amid significant staff turnover, former employees suggested that the growth of the magazine was stunted by its relationship with the financially distressed WQED.[8] In October 1993, Sewickley native Christopher E. Fletcher was hired as editor.[9] The magazine underwent a significant format re-design in 1994.[10]

In 2009, the magazine was purchased by WiesnerMedia, a suburban Denver-based publishing company.[11] A short time later, the offices were moved out of WQED's Oakland headquarters to new facilities on Washington's Landing.[11]

In January 2010, the magazine launched its World Wide Web home: PittsburghMagazine.com, which includes daily and weekly blogs and e-media.[12]


  1. "Editorial and Production Staff". Pittsburgh Magazine. WQED Multimedia.
  2. 1 2 "Readership & Reach Chart". www.pm-mktg.com.
  3. "Media Kit: Mission Statement". www.pm-mktg.com. WQED Multimedia.
  4. "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 "Pittsburgh Magazine: A Drain or an Asset". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 22, 1978.
  6. Boyle, P.J. (October 17, 1983). "Pittsburgh Magazine's Editor, Publisher Heading for New Jobs". The Pittsburgh Press.
  7. Ackerman, Jan (March 6, 1990). "Pittsburgh Magazine Settles 2 Officers'Libel Suit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  8. "Pittsburgh Magazine Editor Quits". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 1993.
  9. Batx, Jr., Bob (October 26, 1993). "Pittsburgh Magazine Hired Editor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  10. Steigerwald, Bill (September 1, 1994). "Pittsburgh magazine Spruces Up". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  11. 1 2 Schooley, Tim (Tim Schooley). "Pittsburgh Magazine moving out of Oakland". Pittsburgh Business Times. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. Guerriero, Kate (November 8, 2009). "Fanfare: PUMP, Pittsburgh Magazine honor 40 Under 40". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.

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