Family Circle is an American home magazine published 12 times a year by Meredith Corporation, known as The Family Circle until about 1950.[3] It began publication in 1932[4] as a magazine distributed at supermarkets such as Piggly Wiggly and Safeway. 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.

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]

The magazine is considered one of the "Seven Sisters", a group of seven home-oriented magazines, with the others being Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, and Redbook.[5]

Family Circle used to sponsor the Charleston Open at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina, a WTA clay court tennis tournament.

In November 2009, Family Circle launched their social network for moms of tweens and teens.[6]

On October 16, 2019, it was announced by CNN that Family Circle would cease publishing after its December issue, despite having 13 million readers more than 1 million followers on social media, and a circulation of 4 million. In a statement, Meredith spokesperson Art Slusark said that about 70 employees out of Meredith's 6,000 employees were laid off, including about 25 staffers from Family Circle with some of the leadership at Family Circle taking on new roles at other Meredith-owned brands. Slusark also added that Meredith plans to add more than 200 jobs in digital, video, consumer marketing, and e-commerce as part of the $50 million strategic investments the company announced at its earnings call the previous month.[7]


  • 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. ^ "Family Circle 1932-? (Seven Sister) (264)". Pinterest. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2009-09-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) [dead link]
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  7. ^ Flynn, Kerry. "Family Circle magazine to shut down after December issue". CNN Business. CNN. Retrieved 16 October 2019.

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