Discover Magazine Promotes Becky Lang to Editor-in-Chief

For immediate release: January 11, 2016

Published: January 11, 2016
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Waukesha, WI – Kalmbach Publishing Co. has announced the appointment of veteran science editor Becky Lang to the role of editor-in-chief at Discover, the company’s general-interest science brand. Lang, a senior editor on the Discover staff since 2013, succeeds Stephen C. George, who will now serve as Kalmbach’s Vice President-Content and Discover’s editorial director.

Lang joined the Discover staff from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she had served as health and science editor since 2002, directing coverage of science, medical and environmental news. Lang was part of the editing team that produced the newspaper’s “One in a Billion” series, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

“Becky was the clear choice to take over Discover,” said George. “She’s an outstanding journalist and editor with a keen eye for great science stories.”

George noted that Lang’s skills and experience were crucial in helping to reposition and refocus the 35-year-old brand, which includes the 10-issue-per-year magazine and the DiscoverMagazine.com website. “Becky’s judgment and insight have helped drive better performance for the brand, and our reader-satisfaction levels have never been higher. We’re lucky to have her,” George added. In addition to regular editorial duties, Lang has overseen story development for Discover’s popular Year in Science annual issue and previously served as editor for Einstein’s Universe, a Discover special.

Lang assumes the editor-in-chief post immediately; her first issue will appear on newsstands in April.

Kalmbach Publishing Co., based in suburban Milwaukee, publishes 12 special-interest magazines – including Astronomy, Trains, Model Railroader, Bead & Button and related books –and produces websites and events based on those content areas.

For more information, please contact Stephen C. George at (262) 798-6656 or sgeorge@kalmbach.com.