But for two years now, it's been subjected to management upheaval; layoffs; staff mergers, and structural reorganization. Yesterday, USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke did it again. A brief history:
Feb. 3, 2010
Hunke announces that long-time USA Weekend executive Marcia Bullard is retiring, and is being replaced as president by Charles Gabrielson. Hunke's quote:
"Marcia has had an extraordinary career with Gannett and she has been a driving force for the enduring success of USA Weekend. At the same time, Chuck has played an important role in USA Weekend's continued growth and his well-deserved promotion will provide a seamless transition."
May 17, 2011
USAT reveals a merger of the editorial staffs of USA Weekend and the Your Life vertical, with verticals chief Heather Frank in charge. Her quote:
"The combination of the highly tenured content teams represents an opportunity to bring together the core editorial strengths of USA Weekend Magazine -- engaging, celebrity-driven coverage of social issues, entertainment, health, food -- with the core strengths of USA Today's Your Life -- outstanding health, medical and fitness coverage and a vibrant online platform."
Gabrielson is retiring; Hunke is putting himself in charge as publisher; a new ad sales manager is appointed, and Frank has been named editor-in-chief. In a memo, Hunke says:
[Image: the June 3-5 issue with Taylor Swift on the cover]