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Eliot Kaplan

Eliot Kaplan (MSJ80) is a member of the Medill Hall of Achievement.

Kaplan served as the executive director for talent acquisition for Hearst Magazines for 19 years before retiring from full-time work in 2018.

Kaplan has a distinguished career in magazine editing. In his seven years as editor in chief of Philadelphia magazine, the publication won two National Magazine Awards -- the field's Pulitzer -- 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.

Before joining Philadelphia, Kaplan was managing editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly. Kaplan was in charge of story assignment, editing, and personnel, and he helped transform the Conde Nast 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.

Kaplan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Kaplan is a former board member and officer of the American Society of Magazine Editors.