‘Country Weekly’ Names Freeman Managing Editor

Jon Freeman

Jon Freeman

Country Weekly Editor-in-Chief Lisa Konicki has announced several staff promotions and new hires at the magazine. Jon Freeman has been promoted to managing editor, having served as deputy editor since 2012. Elissa Newland has been promoted to photo editor; she served as assistant photo editor for the past year.

New staff members include Jim Casey who joins as deputy editor, after recently serving as director of editorial and communications at FIGHT! Magazine. Carissa Riccardi has been hired as assistant photo editor, bringing with her a background as a photographer, retoucher and other work in commercial photography.

“Jon and Elissa have been an integral part of the Country Weekly team during continued periods of growth,” said Konicki. “Their talent, creative vision, and passion for country music make them an invaluable part of our team. We also welcome Jim and Carissa to the magazine. They are the perfect additions to our staff.”

(L-R): Elissa Newland, Carissa Riccardi, Jim Casey

(L-R): Elissa Newland, Carissa Riccardi, Jim Casey


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