Now Hiring: Senior Editor, Charlotte magazine

On Tuesday, I met former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl for the first time at an event at the Levine Museum of the New South. On Thursday, I met Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe and Company, who was here to announce the introduction of his luxury watches at Windsor Jewelers. Stern is a billionaire. All of his watches are worth more than my truck, which I drove to meet him. He came in a racecar, which picked him up at the airport, where he'd landed in a private jet after a short hop from Switzerland.

In between those handshakes with the -illionaires, I also met Antonio, an 8-year-old Charlotte Country Day student, who went to great lengths to get a day off school: He grabbed a copperhead snake by the neck on Tuesday night. The snake took offense and bit down on Antonio's right arm. So while his classmates were in school, Antonio was at Novant's Hemby Children's Hospital on Wednesday being nursed back to health. He got a surprise visit from Cheeriodicals, a program that brings puzzles and magazines and, most popular of all, tubes of slime, to boys and girls in children's hospitals. When I met him, Antonio had three lines on his arm to mark the swelling. When volunteers gave Antonio his box, his father, Fernando, leaned in and checked for toy snakes.

It was a good week in the life of a magazine editor, and certainly a week that makes me proud to live in this city.

There was one bit of sad news: On Monday, our senior editor, Aleigh Acerni, announced she was leaving. She's done great work here over the years—including serving as lead editor of our October cover package on breakfasts throughout Charlotte. We'll miss her.

We're looking for someone to fill Aleigh's position. If you'd like to spend your weeks shaking hands with -illionaires and kids with snake bites, take a look at the job description below: 

Position: Senior Editor

Wanted: Ambitious editor and writer for an ambitious magazine in an ambitious city. We’re looking for a thoughtful storyteller who’s at home creating stories of 50 words or 5,000, who can plan a year in advance and adjust in the moment, who can write and edit, who can manage flow and work within a system, all with the goal of creating the best city or regional magazine in the country.  Not only will you work on staff at a growing publication, your job will be to know and explore and understand our great city. From its tree canopy to its gold-medal-winning breweries, from fine-dining spots to holes in the wall, and with the mountains and the coast all within a short drive—Charlotte is consistently recognized as one of the best places to live in the country.


*Oversee Charlotte magazine’s all-important food coverage. Work with the executive editor to develop a vision for food coverage in our print edition and on our website. Execute that vision as an editor and writer, while working with staff and freelance writers.

*Serve as the manager of Charlotte Home & Garden magazine, a beautiful quarterly publication with a growing audience. In this role, the editor will help plan the four issues, then work with freelance editors and writers to produce them.

*Candidate must be a deadline-mindful person who will work with the executive editor and associate editor to manage the flow of the increasing number of stories that appear in Charlotte magazine each month.

*Help continue to establish Charlotte magazine’s reputation as a home for quality longform journalism. The senior editor will contribute at least three feature stories per year.


This isn’t an easy job, but it’s rewarding. We’re small but scrappy, and with our commitment to quality and passion for stories, we’ve grown our paid print circulation by 15 percent in the past year. We need someone with at least five years’ experience in nonfiction publishing—newspaper experience is always a plus—who’s curious and inquisitive. We need someone who loves journalism and also understands that our most important people are our readers. Our mission is to help them get the most out of Charlotte and to make this city a better place to live, whether that’s through hard-hitting stories or lighter lifestyle pieces. This job is for someone who likes moving forward, who believes that our best issue or our best story is always the next one.

Contact: Email cover letter and resume and writing/editing samples to


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