About Southern Living
Who We Are
At Southern Living, we celebrate the food, homes, and places that define our region. We seek out the best of the South in everything we do, and we find endless inspiration in Southern culture and traditions. We're serious about our recipes, our hospitality, and making our homes as beautiful and welcoming as possible. We are a guide to the seasons, a helping hand during the holidays, and a champion of Southern creativity.
The first issue of Southern Living was published in February 1966. When The Progressive Farmer Company launched the brand, they declared it the "Magazine of the Modern South." The brand's north star was that it had to stay Southern. "It must and will be in every issue as thoroughly Southern as crepe myrtle, longleaf pine, Mardi Gras, fig preserves, and black-eyed peas," said an early prospectus. It was a radical idea at the time—an aspirational guide to Southern food, homes, gardens, and travel—and it succeeded because the editors understood the power of Southern identity and the practical needs of the audience. It was innovative, risky, and transformative. Within 10 years it was one of the most profitable magazines in the country ("The Most Profitable Magazine in the U.S.", June 15, 1977, Forbes).
Today, we haven't strayed far from the vision laid out by our founders in 1966. We embrace that very same idea by celebrating a more progressive South, one that's constantly evolving. We're committed to celebrating the region in all of its complexity, and we're dedicated to sharing and amplifying diverse voices and multicultural stories in every corner of the South.
Every day, we cover the region with a dynamic mix of content that includes daily news, service, inspiration, real-people profiles, and trusted advice. We're telling soulful stories that readers can't find anywhere else—stories of small towns, lost recipes, and unique traditions. We're engaging with our audience all the time, whether we're swapping recipes in our "What's Cooking with Southern Living" Facebook group or helping readers identify paint colors on Instagram. We also believe in great storytelling, especially when it highlights meaningful aspects of Southern culture and those who are making the South a better place.
Our team of editors and writers are constantly seeking out what's new and exciting in the South. We take great pride in our work and strive to create original, accurate, authoritative, and well-researched content free of ethical concerns, conflicts, and misinformation. If you see something that doesn't seem up-to-date or accurate, please let us know by emailing [email protected]
We uphold the principles of the Dotdash Meredith Content Integrity Promise including the following editorial policies:
As part of the editorial process, our writers interview relevant, qualified sources for stories, then verify all information and data included in their final stories. We strive to provide proper context and background information to help our readers. All stories are then reviewed and edited by a top editor; we assess content for grammar, accuracy, readability, and relevance. If you have noticed an issue with a specific piece of content, please bring it to our attention by emailing [email protected]
Our editorial team is committed to producing high quality, factual content. If there is an error in a story, we will correct it as soon as possible. All corrections will be clearly labeled as such and will include what changes were made and when. When an article is factually correct, but the language is not as clear or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor's note.
Timely and daily news stories generally cover a distinct event in time, so they are not routinely updated. Our editorial team consistently reevaluates and updates evergreen content to ensure everything is timely, accurate, and relevant. The date-stamp at the top of each article reflects when it was last updated.
If you believe you have found an error, please notify us by emailing [email protected]
Recipe Development and Testing
As part of our editorial review process for food content, all recipes created for and featured on Southernliving.com are tested by Test Kitchen professionals for accuracy, clarity, flavor, and feasibility for the home cook. Food Editors approve every recipe to ensure it meets our brand standards. If you see a problem with a recipe, please notify us by emailing [email protected]
The Southern Living editors adhere to strict standards for article sourcing. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government, city, and state organizations, and professional and academic institutions. All data points, facts, and claims are backed up by at least one reputable source.
Our content strives to serve and represent all communities. A cornerstone of our reporting and sourcing is to consider multiple perspectives that includes BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women.
Independence and Impartiality
We believe in independent, fair, and impartial journalism. Our editors and writers are held accountable to a high standard of honesty and transparency, and our original editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. As such, we maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content. Any content that is provided by or on behalf of an advertiser or sponsor, is clearly labeled as such.
All product reviews on SouthernLiving.com are independent and based on research and product testing conducted by our editors and writers. We share the products we love and that we think our readers will love, too. If you visit certain links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases. We never receive compensation for recommending products within our content.
Our team strives to create original, helpful, and fair content on Southernliving.com, which means our stories must be verified, properly attributed, and may not infringe the copyright or anyone's intellectual property rights. Any suggestion of plagiarism is investigated fully and is grounds for dismissal. We expect all contributors on the network to abide by all applicable laws, standards, and accepted journalistic practices including:
Dotdash Meredith editors and writers, including the Southernliving.com team, are prohibited from giving preferential treatment to any outside company, publication, or website based on their relationship with the person who authors or owns that resource. Our editors and writers are also responsible for disclosing potential conflicts of interest that might compromise their ability to share fair and impartial information.
Southern Living strives to represent the voice of the modern South. We are committed to sharing, celebrating, and amplifying diverse voices and multicultural stories across the region.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Means:
- We are committed to amplifying BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices throughout our content, actively working to build a diverse team of staff members and contributing content creators.
- We use inclusive language, have updated out brand style guide to avoid terms with problematic origins, create culturally sensitive content, and have broadened the scope of our holiday coverage to include reporting from diverse points of view.
- We have refreshed older recipes and are committed to properly packaging all new recipes to endure they are culturally sensitive, give credit to the regions they are from, and do not inaccurately claim authenticity.
- We're committed to featuring diverse experts, services, and commerce businesses, representing BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented groups.
- We also consult with the Dotdash Meredith Anti-Bias Review Board in this mission.
To read more about Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, click here.
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Leadership/Ownership Structure and Funding
Southern Living is part of the Dotdash family of brands committed to creating accurate, helpful news and information that represents and serves all people. Founded in 1996, Dotdash is an operating business of IAC.
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Our Leadership Team
Meet the Editorial Team
SouthernLiving.com Digital Editorial Staff
General Manager Krissy Tiglias
Senior Social Media Editor Brennan Long
Editors Rebecca Angel Baer, Katie Strasberg Rousso
Senior News Writer Meghan Overdeep
Digital News Writer Tara McCay
Associate Editors Jenna Sims, Mary Shannon Hodes
Assistant Editor Kaitlyn Yarborough
Senior Video Producer Meg Lovett
Editorial Producer Ivy Odom
FellowsEmma Phelps, Marissa Wu
Southern Living Magazine Editorial Staff
Editor in Chief Sid Evans
Executive Creative Director Robert Perino
Director of Photography Jeanne Dozier Clayton
Production Director Rachel Ellis
Senior Editors Lisa Cericola, Page Mullins
Senior Writer Marisa Spyker
Features Editor Betsy Cribb
Travel & Culture Editor Caroline Rogers
Associate Homes Editor Grace Haynes
Assistant Editor Patricia S. York
Business Manager Nellah Bailey McGough
Associate Art Director Daniel Boone
Senior Designer Betsy McCallen Lovell
Designer Lindsay Smith
Associate Photo Editor Mary Katherine Morris
Photo Coordinator Laura Evans
Photographer Robbie Caponetto
Copy Chief Libby Monteith Minor
Copy Assistants Katie Akin, Katherine Polcari