Madison Magazine names interim publisher and EIC

Editor will fill the role as publisher
Madison Magazine names interim publisher and EIC

Karen Lincoln Michel has been named interim publisher and editor-in-chief of Madison Magazine following the recent departure of former publisher Mike Kornemann.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Tom Keeler, vice president and general manager of Morgan Murphy Media, which owns WISC-TV, Madison Magazine,, TVW and Phase3 Digital.

“Madison Magazine is an award-winning and nationally renowned city-regional magazine that Madison residents rely on to reflect the issues and lifestyle of our great city like no other publication,” Keeler says. “Karen’s experience and journalistic instincts as editor have elevated the editorial content of the magazine.”

Keeler says as Madison Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, the company’s goal is to “grow the magazine’s influence in the community for another 40 years, and Karen will play an integral role in that effort as interim publisher.”

Michel has served as editor of the magazine for three years. Previously, she worked as executive editor of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and assistant managing editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She is board president of the Madison-based Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a past president of the Native American Journalists Association.

“I am excited to lead the magazine through this transition,” says Michel, who is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and has served in management and leadership roles for more than 15 years. “I plan to bring the same kind of passion and energy to the business side of Madison Magazine as I have to the editorial side.”

Michel succeeds Kornemann, who worked for the magazine for 18 years, five-and-a-half years as publisher.