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Family Circle

Family Circle
October 1, 2009, cover
Editor-in-chiefCheryl Brown
Categorieshome economics, women's interest
Frequency12 issues/year
Total circulation
Year founded1932 (1932)
First issue1932; 88 years ago (1932)
Final issueDecember 2019 (2019-12)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City[2]

Family Circle was an American monthly magazine that focused on home and women's topics, published from 1932 through the end of 2019.[3] Originally distributed at supermarkets, it was included as one of the "Seven Sisters," a group of seven traditional "women's service" magazines centered on household issues, along with Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, and Redbook.[4][5]


Family Circle began publication in 1932. It was initially distributed for free at Piggly Wiggly supermarkets, until it was offered as a freestanding publication in 1946.[6]

Cowles Magazines and Broadcasting bought the magazine in 1962. The New York Times Company bought the magazine for its woman's magazine division in 1971. The division was sold to Gruner + Jahr in 1994. When Gruner + Jahr decided to exit the US magazine market in 2005, the magazine was sold to the Meredith Corporation.

From 1973 to 2015, Family Circle was the title sponsor of the Family Circle Cup (Charleston Open) women's professional tennis tournament on the WTA Tour, which was held at its namesake Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina starting in 2001. At the time the sponsorship ended, Family Circle was the longest-running title sponsor in professional tennis.[7][8]

In November 2009, Family Circle launched their social network for moms of tweens and teens.[9]

In October 2019, Meredith Corporation announced that Family Circle would cease publishing after its December 2019 issue. At the time, the publisher reported the magazine had 13 million readers, more than 1 million followers on social media, and a circulation of 4 million. As part of the closure, about 25 Family Circle staffers would be laid off, while others would take jobs at other Meredith publications.[3]


  • Harry Evans (1932–1936)
  • Robert Endicott (1936–1954)
  • Robert Jones (1955–1965)
  • Arthur Hettich (1965–1985)
  • Gay Bryant (1985–1986)
  • Arthur Hettich (1986–1988)
  • Jacqueline Leo (1988–1994)
  • Susan Kelliher Ungaro (1994–2006)
  • Linda Fears (2006–2017)
  • Cheryl Brown (2017–2019)


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Dave Eisenstadter (May 28, 2015). "Family Fun magazine leaving Northampton; jobs moving to New York City". GazetteNet. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kerry Flynn. "Family Circle magazine to shut down after December issue". CNN Business. CNN. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2009-09-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) [dead link]
  5. ^ Kuczynski, Alex (2000-02-28). "Old-Line Women's Magazines Turn to Sex to Spice Up Their Sales". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  6. ^ "History of publishing - Women's magazines in the United States". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Gene Sapakoff (August 30, 2015). "Tourney to take a ride with Volvo Tennis cup's new sponsor might help draw big names". The Post and Courier.
  8. ^ Ashley Heffernan (September 1, 2015). "Family Circle Cup tennis tournament renamed to Volvo Cars Open". Columbia Regional Business Report.
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2010.

Further reading

  • Article by Erwin V. Johanningmeier in the St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture []

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