Alumni Connection Panelist: Liz Vaccariello

photo 2Liz is a 1989 alumnus in Communication Studies. Currently, she stands as the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest in New York, NY. Here, she is responsible for driving editorial direction and product strategy across the brand’s media platforms. They include: Reader’s Digest, the second largest paid subscription magazine in the United States with a readership of more than 26 million; ReadersDigest.com, with an audience of over 4 million unique monthly visitors; editions for the iPad, Nook and Amazon Kindle, on which Reader’s Digest is one of the best selling magazines; and books, of which 15.8 million are sold each year.

Liz brings decades of experience to her role at Reader’s Digest as editor-in-chief and author. She is recognized as a trusted, authoritative speaker with deep expertise on issues such as health, food and family, among other areas. In April, 2012 Liz released her weight loss book, The Digest Diet, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller, and recently released the follow-up Digest Diet Cookbook and Digest Diet Dining Out Guide, currently available in stores. In December, Liz’s newest book, 21-Day Tummy, which chronicles two of her own personal challenges – weight gain and digestive slowdown – and her journey to create an eating plan that eliminates digestive issues, will be available everywhere books are sold. Liz also is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, including 400 Calorie Fix and the 1-million-sold Flat Belly Diet!.

For years, Liz has been a staple on the network morning shows Good Morning America and Today, and has appeared monthly on Rachael Ray to talk about food and lifestyle content featured in the Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. In 2009, she began guest hosting in the fifth chair on the second season of The Doctors. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, The View, Regis & Kelly, Extra and two seasons of The Biggest Loser.  Liz also contributes to Yahoo! Health with her popular weekly “Losing It with Liz” blog.

Liz’s approach to a happy, well-rounded life is singular, and fits well with the Reader’s Digest brand promise to give people simple, proven solutions that inspire and improve their lives. Her approachable style, infectious energy and unique vision have been a point of inspiration for the tens of millions of readers of Every Day with Rachael Ray, where she was Editor-in-Chief from May 2010 to October 2011, and Prevention, where she was SVP/Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2010. Before Prevention, Liz was executive editor of Fitness magazine. Prior to Fitness, Liz served as Editor-in-Chief of Cleveland Magazine.

Today, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey. She and her husband, Steve, a professional photographer, have 9-year-old twin daughters.

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