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Rodale, Inc. is an American publisher of health and wellness magazines, books, and digital properties.[1] Rodale is headquartered in Emmaus, Pennsylvania (adjacent to Allentown) and maintains a satellite office in New York City.

Rodale, Inc.
Rodale logo.gif
Founded 1930
Founder J. I. Rodale
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Publication types Magazines, Books
Official website
Men's Health magazine, published by Rodale since 1988
Runner's World magazine, published by Rodale since 1971

Rodale publishes health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Men's Health and Prevention. The company has published a collection of bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Truth and Eat This, Not That.



J. I. Rodale founded Rodale Inc., in 1930. He was a partner with his brother, Joseph, in Rodale Manufacturing, which produced electrical switches. Joseph moved Rodale Manufacturing to Emmaus, Pennsylvania to take advantage of favorable local taxes, while J. I. dabbled in publishing. In 1942, Rodale started Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. It taught people how to grow food with organic farming techniques. Today, Organic Gardening is the best-read gardening magazine in the world.[2] In 1950, Rodale introduced Prevention, a health magazine.

In 1971, J. I. Rodale died during a taping of The Dick Cavett Show, and his son, Robert D. Rodale (1930–1990), took over the company’s leadership. On September 20, 1990, Robert Rodale was killed in a car accident during a business trip in Russia.

In 1972, Rodale Press was one of the five founding members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) (now IFOAM-Organics International), founded at Versailles, France.[3]

Following Robert Rodale's death, his wife, Ardath Harter Rodale (1928–2009), became chairman and chief executive officer of the company. In 2000, Steven Pleshette Murphy joined the company as president and chief operating officer, and was named president and CEO in 2002.[4] On June 18, 2007, Ardath Rodale stepped down as chairman, and her daughter, Maria, was named chairman. Ardath remained a member of the company’s board and took over the new title of Chief Inspiration Officer. On September 1, 2009, Murphy stepped down as President and CEO. Maria Rodale, granddaughter of company founder J.I. Rodale and daughter of previous chairpersons Robert Rodale and Ardath Rodale, succeeded Murphy as CEO.[5]

Sale to HearstEdit

In October 2017, New York-based Hearst Communications announced it will acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale, with some sources reporting the purchase price as about $225 million, roughly equal to Rodale’s annual revenue. The transaction is expected to close in January following government approvals. Rodale announced some months prior that it would consider a total sale of the company, among other alternatives explored by its board of directors. It hired financial adviser Allen & Co. to lead the search for bidders. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Hearst outbid Meredith Corporation, another large media company that expressed interest in Rodale’s portfolio almost immediately after they solicited offers.[6][7]



Selected booksEdit

News websiteEdit

Rodale News' website was launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 with the tagline “where health meets green".[8] The site provides news and information about health and the environment. Also included are daily news articles, videos, and in-depth topic pages.


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  2. ^ "On Gardening: Words Do Describe these Christmas Gifts". Yakima Herald. December 2008. 
  3. ^ Paull, John (2010). "From France to the World: The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)" (PDF). Journal of Social Research & Policy. 1 (2): 93–102. 
  4. ^ "BusinessWeek May 2002". 2005-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Business Week July 2009". 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ Wagaman, Andrew (October 18, 2017). "Media giant Hearst will acquire Rodale". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  7. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (2017-10-18). "Hearst Agrees to Acquire Rodale Inc., Publisher of Men's Health and Runner's World". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  8. ^ " launch". Forbes. April 22, 2009.