Larry Hackett was named managing editor of PEOPLE on January 4, 2006, overseeing all editorial operations for the weekly magazine. He previously served as the magazine's deputy managing editor. In 2010, Hackett was named President of ASME.
With more than 45 million readers each week, PEOPLE is widely regarded as the world's most popular and successful magazine. With Hackett at the helm, PEOPLE and People.com were both nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2008. Capell's Circulation Report placed PEOPLE #1 on its annual "Best Performers in Circulation" list in January 2008. In October 2007, PEOPLE was ranked #5 on Adweek's "Brand Leaders" list. PEOPLE was on both Ad Age's "A-List" and Adweek's inagural "Brand Blazers" list in 2006. PEOPLE ranked #1 on Adweek's annual "Hot List" 2006 and Capell's Circulation Report placed PEOPLE #1 on its annual "Best Performers in Circulation" list in January 2006. PEOPLE was named Advertising Age's 2005 "Magazine of the Year" and also took the #2 spot on Mediaweek's annual "Hit List" of industry leaders that year.
Hackett leads the editorial team based in New York City, as well as a network of reporters across the globe. As deputy managing editor he strengthened the magazine's celebrity and hard news reporting, helped develop the first editions of PEOPLE's Hollywood Daily, and served as the magazine's primary spokesperson. Hackett played an integral role in growing the weekly's circulation vitality and retail momentum.
Hackett came to PEOPLE in 1998 as a senior editor. In 2001 he was named an assistant managing editor, overseeing the magazine's entertainment coverage, and he was promoted to the post of executive editor in August 2003.
Prior to joining PEOPLE, Hackett worked for more than eight years at the New York Daily News as a national reporter, entertainment reporter and features editor. He began his career in New Jersey at the Morristown Daily Record and subsequently the Newark Star-Ledger.
A graduate of Boston University, Hackett currently lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn.