is a monthly magazine distributed in the Washington, DC area since 1965. The magazine describes itself as "the magazine Washington lives by." The magazine's core focuses are local feature journalism, guide book
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-style articles, and real estate
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Washingtonian is noted for its detailed coverage of area professionals, businesses, and places. Such rankings have included top physicians, top places to dine, and top neighborhoods. Each issue also features listings of the latest fine entertainment, fine arts, and museum exhibits. Classified listings of prestigious real estate, and illustrated coverage of society social events are included in each issue. Feature articles include frank expose's and in-depth profiles of local institutions, politicians, businessmen, academics, and philanthropists, suggestions for weekend getaway trips, and reality stories of local citizens enduring personal problems and tragedies which might also befall the readers.
Perhaps, its most significant undertaking is its ranking of the Washington-area's 80,000 lawyers. The publication's lawyer rankings effort is led by national editor Kim Eisler. The lists have come out in 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998 and 1995. Washingtonian's coverage is significant, and unique, in that it assigns a ranking position to the "Top 30" lawyers in the area.
According to those annual lists of the "Top 30" Washingtonians, in 2007 and 2004, respectively, for example, the number one ranked lawyer was Theodore B. Olsen
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(2007) and Robert B. Barnett (2004).
is read each month by more than 400,000 people, who spend an average of 96 minutes with each issue and save each issue for an average of five months. The Washingtonian
has won five National Magazine Award
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The current editor-in-chief is John A. Limpert. In August 2009 Washingtonian announced that Garrett Graff
Garrett Graff is the editor-in-chief for Washingtonian magazine in Washington, D.C. and an instructor at Georgetown University in the Masters in Professional Studies Journalism and Public Relations program...
will replace Limpert as editor-in-chief in September.
is published by Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc., whose CEO was Philip Merrill
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(1934–2006), who was succeeded as chairman by his wife, Eleanor; their daughter Catherine Merrill Williams is the president and publisher.