For Ms. Brown, who isn't currently running any magazine, don't call it a comeback. But the honor is absolutely the latest sign of her renewed cachet in the U.S. as well as Britain, where she recently spent much time writing the June 2007 book, "The Diana Chronicles."
Her luster had needed a little polish after Talk magazine's demise in 2002. Before that she revived The New Yorker, which she ran from 1992 to 1998, with hires including its current editor in chief, David Remnick. She also led Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992. It was the revitalization of London's Tatler magazine starting in 1979, however, that put her on the industry's radar.
Ms. Brown, 53, will be inducted into the ASME Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame.
"Tina Brown has been a reigning force in popular culture ever since she became a journalist in 1973," said Marlene Kahane, executive director of ASME. "By the time she crossed the pond to the U.S. in the early '80s, Tina was well on her way to becoming one of the most visible and talked-about editors in this country."
Mr. Kliger has been a prominent force in the magazine business for many years, not least because of his current role as chairman of the MPA, where he has used his bully pulpit to call for new metrics that would enable magazines to better compete against other media. Before Hachette, which he joined in 1999, he held executive posts at Parade Publications and Condé Nast Publications. He was previously publisher at Glamour and GQ.
Mr. Kliger, 60, will receive the MPA's Henry Johnson Fisher Award, which has been presented annually since 1964 to people judged to have made significant and longstanding contributions to the magazine business and to society in general.
"For more than three decades, Jack Kliger has championed innovation and excellence in the magazine industry," said Nina Link, president-CEO of the magazine association. "He has used his chairmanship of MPA to move our industry forward by pioneering the expansion into new-media platforms, pushing for more reliable audience measurement and aggressively marketing the medium to the advertising community."