'Cosmo' exec to edit Oprah's magazine

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Hearst Magazines named Cosmopolitan Executive Editor Ellen Kunes, 40, editor in chief of TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey's still untitled new magazine. Ms. Kunes, 40, met with Ms. Winfrey last week. Other candidates included Rochelle Udell, editor in chief of Conde Nast Publications' Self, who previously said she will leave that post in October. Longtime Oprah friend Gayle King, a TV news anchorwoman for WFSB-TV, Hartford, Conn., was named editor at large. Ms. King will act as a consultant to the magazine until she joins the staff full time after her WFSB contract expires Dec. 1. The planned magazine, a joint venture between Hearst and Ms. Winfrey, will debut in spring 2000. The eventual title will translate Ms. Winfrey's "message of empowerment and inspiration," said Ms. Kunes, who will work with Ms. Winfrey and Good Housekeeping Editor in Chief Ellen Levine on the title's concept and design.

Copyright August 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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