Signs of trouble at Capitol File that can’t be airbrushed away like a blemish on a cover model? The glossy mag, which caters to Washington’s luxury-loving society set, lost both its publisher and top editor this week.
Publisher Suzy Jacobs announced her departure last week and Editor Amy Moeller’s goodbye followed closely on her boss’s designer-clad heels.
“I am looking forward to my next challenge that adds a more diverse experience to my career,” Jacobs wrote in a farewell email this week. Sources familiar with the moves say Moeller has taken a job at Washingtonian magazine. Neither responded to a request for comment.
Associate Publisher Meredith Merrill was promoted to replace Jacobs, according to a statement from GreenGale Publishing.
Magazine watchers say the departure from the top of the masthead is an indication of problems at Capitol File, which laid off its former editor in chief, Elizabeth Thorp, in late 2015 amid a national corporate reorganization by Niche Media, which rebranded as GreenGale.
Since Thorp’s departure, one person with knowledge of the operation says, the magazine’s ad revenue has declined and staff unrest has grown. A GreenGale spokeswoman would not comment on the magazine’s finances, and noted that the partings of Jacobs and Moeller were “extremely amicable.”
“We wish Suzy Jacobs and Amy Moeller the very best in their next endeavors,” GreenGale chief executive Katherine Nicholls said in a statement.