Chicago's family-owned JPC produces EBONY, JET

February 22, 2011 10:18:09 AM PST
Continuing the month-long celebration of Black History Month, ABC7 highlights a Chicago original that's known around the world, Johnson Publishing Company (JPC).

Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), a family-owned business, now in its seventh decade, produces the most widely read publications about African-Americans. EBONY, a monthly magazine, and JET, a weekly magazine, have a combined readership of nearly 19 million people.

EBONY celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2010. JET celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011.

The company also produces Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the leading line of makeup and skin care created to meet the unique needs of women of color. Linda Johnson Rice is chairman and daughter of company founder, John H. Johnson and businesswoman and style maven, Eunice W. Johnson.

  • Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.: Founded in 1942
  • EBONY magazine: Founded in November 1945
  • JET magazine: Founded in November 1951
  • Fashion Fair Cosmetics: Founded in 1973

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Linda Johnson Rice is chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), home of Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Under her leadership, the company remains the No. 1 African-American owned-and-operated publishing company in the world. With more than 25 years of experience at JPC, Rice is committed to setting the long-term vision and mission for the company as chairman, while building upon the legacy of her parents John H. and Eunice W. Johnson. Extending her influence outside of the corporation, Rice serves on many boards, including Omnicom Group, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She demonstrates a strong belief in enhancing the future of today's youth by supporting several education initiatives, such as corporate internship programs, the Johnson College Prep and the John H. Johnson Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Howard University. Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has one daughter, Alexa Rice.

Rice was named chairman and CEO in 2008, and has since lead the company in a new revamping of layout and design for both Ebony and Jet. Rice serves on the boards of the United Negro College Fund, and is on the Founding Council of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, among many others. She is a sought-after speaker and participated in Bill Clinton's Economic Summit and was a member of the United States Presidential Delegation to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. She has a strong belief in enhancing the future of today's youth, and through Ebony Fashion Fair, Johnson Publishing Company has donated more than 55 million to charity, many charities related to education.

In recognition of her leadership and achievements, the Chicago Sun-Times named Rice among Chicago's 100 Most Powerful Women and The Top 10 Women In Media. She also received the Women of Power Award from the National Urban League, among many other awards. Rice is also was included on the list of "Crain's Chicago Business lists of 40 Under 40 and 100 Most Influential Women".