Family Circle

American magazine

Family Circle
October 1, 2009, cover
Editor-in-chiefCheryl Brown
Categorieshome economics, women's interest
Frequency12 per year
Total circulation
First issue1932; 90 years ago (1932)
Final issueDecember 2019 (2019-12)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City[2]

Family Circle was an American magazine that covered such topics as homemaking, recipes, and health. It was published from 1932 until the end of 2019.[3] Originally distributed at supermarkets, it was 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 was first published 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 1992 the magazine also ran the first lady cookie competition for the spouses of incumbent or running presidential candidates; the results successfully predicted the presidential winner in 5 of the seven election cycles since its founding.[9]

In November 2009, Family Circle launched their social network for moms of tweens and teens.[10]

In October 2019, Meredith Corporation announced Family Circle would cease publication with the 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 24, 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 October 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Uncovering Abortion". Columbia Journalism Review. March–April 1992. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Kuczynski, Alex (February 28, 2000). "Old-Line Women's Magazines Turn to Sex to Spice Up Their Sales". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  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. ^ Kate Bennett. "Political tradition crumbles as the first lady cookie competition ends". CNN. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "". 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

External links

  • The rise and fall of Family Circle at SITE123
  • Family Circle Books & Magazine Archives from the 1970s - 1980s at eCRATER
  • Family Circle Archives at Webstarts