Mira Lowe

Editor-in-chief, JET magazine

Mira Lowe is editor in chief of JET magazine, the world’s No. 1 Black newsweekly, at Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago.

Biography

Mira Lowe is editor in chief of JET magazine, the world’s No. 1 Black newsweekly, at Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago. As editor, she oversees all aspects of the magazine’s editorial content, staffing and evolving direction on both print and digital platforms. First published in 1951, JET boasts more than 9 million weekly readers. Mira is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of management, editing and production experience. Prior to joining Johnson Publishing in 2007, Mira was the associate editor for recruitment at Newsday, on Long Island, New York, where her responsibilities included recruitment and hiring; staff development and training; and directing internship programs. She was the director of the paper’s Minority Editorial Training Program (METPRO), which trained journalists of color interested in pursuing an editing career. She also oversaw LI Life, a Sunday lifestyle section, in which she brought fresh inspiration to one of the paper's most popular features. Mira joined Newsday in 1989 as a copy editor and over the years became a supervisory editor on the news, business and features desks. She has taught journalism courses at Columbia University and York College in New York, and has been a guest speaker on diversity and recruitment issues at various colleges and conferences. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Mira served as the copy editor of the acclaimed “Committed to the Cause: Salute to NABJ’s Presidents,” a 44-page book detailing the association’s first 25 years; national Special Honors and Awards chairwoman; NABJ Stylebook committee member, and 30th Anniversary chairwoman. She also was vice president for Dreams Into Action, a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring group for teenage girls in New York. Mira graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Television and Radio and from Columbia with a M.S. in Journalism. She is the co-author, along with her husband Herbert Lowe, of Heart and Soul: A Marriage of Love, Faith and Journalism, a monograph published by the World Journalism Institute.
Herbert and Mira Lowe's 2007 Cornish Lecture Nov 2, 2007