Discover magazine's publisher announced today that the magazine would be moving to Waukesha, Wisc., where the publisher has its headquarters.
Kalmbach Publishing Co. said it would close Discover's offices in New York in January, 2013.
Kalmbach said this was "a strategic move to better leverage all its publishing resources and integrate its science media properties," a phrase I trust would never appear in the magazine. (Disclosure: I write frequently for Discover.)
The release said that Discover editor-in-chief Corey Powell "will continue to lead the magazine through the transition"--meaning, I assume, that he will not be leading it after the transition. It said that he and executive editor Pamela Weintraub will "continue to have an editorial presence in the magazine and on discovermagazine.com."
It's hard to say what this will mean for the quality and longevity of this longstanding outlet for good science reporting and writing. Let's hope that the quality will not diminish.
I will be asking Powell and Weintraub for comment, and will update here.