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Eliot Kaplan

Eliot Kaplan (MSJ79) is the executive director for talent acquisition for Hearst Magazines.

Kaplan himself has a distinguished career in magazine editing. In his seven years as editor in chief of Philadelphia magazine, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards -- the field's Pulitizer -- and was nominated a total of five times, including, for the first time ever, in the General Excellence category. Kaplan has been credited with reinvigorating the publication and garnering national headlines for a number of stories. Alumni from his tenure went on to work for more than a dozen national magazines. Media Week named Kaplan one of the young editors to watch over the next generation.

Before joining Philadelphia, Kaplan was managing editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly. As the No. 2 editor to Art Cooper, in charge of story assignment, editing and personnel, he helped transform the Conde Naste publication into one of the most successful magazines in history. At GQ, he worked with such writers as David Remnick, Tom Junod, David Halberstam, Garry Wills and Joe Klein.

As magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, this native of Harrisburg, Pa., received his master's degree from Medill in 1980. Kaplan is a former board member and officer of the American Society of Magazine Editors