The newest editor of Comstock’s Magazine was playing on a ranch in Lodi when publisher Winnie Comstock-Carlson launched the business publication 25 years ago in Sacramento.
Christine Calvin, 31, assumed leadership of Comstock’s editorial staff after Doug Curley resigned earlier this month. Curley, Comstock’s editor for 10 years, said he left the post after Comstock-Carlson told him she wanted to take the magazine in a different direction.
“Christine’s going to do a great job,” Curley said. “I hired Christine about six years ago as...an associate editor. She moved up to be managing editor about two and a half years ago. In the last year, we’ve brought on lots of young, talented people....Our website is finally state of the art, and Allison Joy, whom we brought on from the Sacramento Press, has done a great job on that front.”
Curley, 58, first worked with Comstock-Carlson at Executive Place magazine, he said, and when that publication folded in 1989, Comstock-Carlson launched Comstock’s. Curley went to work for the California Dental Association as its publications director. In 2004, when two senior Comstock’s editors abruptly departed to launch the rival Prosper magazine, Comstock-Carlson hired Curley to help take on the competition.
“I brought in a whole new staff and took the magazine to a new level,” Curley said. “We survived that, and then we had to get through the recession. The magazine was so reliant on building, both residential and commercial. At one time, that was as much as 60 percent of our advertising.”
Curley said Comstock’s vice president Clayton Blakley has been instrumental in finding other revenue sources, and he described Calvin as very energetic, well-grounded in journalism, and capable of leading Comstock’s into its 2.0 era. “She did the March issue where we had the fold-out cover of the new up-and-coming professionals,” he said. “She was a leader on that, and then of course, Zuza Hicks, our young Polish design director, did an incredible job on it, too.”
Calvin moved with her family to Granite Bay when she was a teenager. A graduate of Granite Bay High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her first reporting job was at the Sierra Sun in Truckee. She was busy getting the August issue of Comstock’s ready to go to press, but she emailed to tell me that her new post was a privilege and a blessing and that she’s excited about the Aug. 1 debut of the new-and-improved www.comstocksmag.com.
“She’s been kind-of doing the editor-in-chief job in addition to her own for some while,” said Comstock-Carlson, noting that she’s excited about all the talent her team has been able to recruit to the magazine.