After Company Wide Layoff, San Diego Magazine Shutters After 72 Years

March 23, 2020

The longest running magazine in the history of America's Finest City, San Diego Magazine has announced it will close its doors after more than 70 years in business and has laid off all employees. The April issue is believed to be the publication's last.

San Diego Magazine was first published in 1948 by husband-and-wife Ed & Gloria Self, who served as joint editors until they sold the publication in 1994 to Jim Fitzpatrick, who previous served as publisher of Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2005, Fitzpatrick sold the magazine to CurtCo Media, who eventually transferred it to Fitzpatrick's Desert Publications in 2010, at which time he returned to his former positions as the publication's CEO and Publisher. As of 2020, the magazine's leadership included Fitzpatrick, Associate Publisher Karen Mullen, Chief Content Officer Erin Chamber Smith, and Editor-In-Chief Erin Meanley.

In an email earlier today, Erin Meanley Glenny reportedly announced the monthly magazine will cease publication after a companywide lay-off of all but two of its staff members, but Glenny indicated the magazine could return in the future. Although the email contained no indication for the reason behind the magazine's sudden announcement, the shutdown is believed to be due to lost revenue following the quarantine measures put in place to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus, including the closure of all San Diego bars and restaurants for dine-in, as well as California's stay-in-order issued last week. We reached out to San Diego Magazine's Associate Publisher Karen Mullen and Food Critic Troy Johnson for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing. 

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