2013 Distinguished Alumni Recipient
BA 1986, Communication
Publisher of Self Magazine, Conde Nast, New York, NY
Mary Murcko is the Publisher of Self Magazine at Conde Nast. Most recently, Mary was responsible for growing national advertising revenue across Gannett’s digital and publishing businesses. Murcko was responsible for overseeing sales for USA TODAY and USA Weekend, Gannett Digital and U.S. Community Publishing’s national efforts.
Prior, Murcko was executive vice president and group publisher of Rodale, Inc., leading digital and print advertising sales and integrated marketing efforts, with responsibility across all Rodale magazines and their digital properties, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention and Runner’s World.
Prior to serving as executive vice president and group publisher of Rodale, Inc., Murcko achieved success increasing advertising revenue and brand awareness at Rodale brands Prevention, Organic Gardening, Women’s Health, and Best Lifefrom 2004-2010. Under her watch as senior vice president and publisher of Prevention, the magazine grew 12 percent in advertising pages. Organic Gardening was named to the 2010 Adweek “10 Under 60 Hot List,” which recognizes magazines with a strong track record of growing their business.
While Murcko was at the helm of Women’s Health, the brand was one of the fastest growing in the industry. In 2008, the magazine was #2 on Advertising Age’s “A-List” and #1 on Adweek’s annual “10 Under 50 Hot List.” In that same year, Media Industry Newsletter named her a “Sales Team Leader of the Year.” She was also named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” in June 2009. Previously, as the launch publisher of Best Life, Murcko opened the door for Rodale into the luxury market.
Before joining Rodale Inc., Murcko gained recognition within the women’s category as associate publisher of W and publisher of Elegant Bride, which she launched at Fairchild Publications. Previously, she spent seven years as general manager/group publisher for Hachette Filipacchi Post in Bangkok, Thailand, where she launched Elle, Cleo and Elle Décor into the Thai market. She also worked in ad sales for New York and Self magazines.
Murcko serves as an active board member of the YWCA-NYC, whose mission is to empower women. She also is on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women and is a seven-year member of the Advertising Women of New York.