About Carolina Woman

Carolina Woman, the largest and longest-running women's magazine in the Carolinas, is a celebrated lifestyle publication that was launched in 1993.


Its readership includes 100,000 upscale, professional women in the high-tech Research Triangle area, a region covering Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill, with a population of almost 2 million.


Carolina Woman's publisher is Debra Simon, a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Seventeen Magazine, Adweek, Reuters, The Miami Herald, The Hartford Courant and The Financial Times.


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Behind the Pages

Live in the Triangle? So Do We!

My Carolina Woman colleagues and I spend our money here, raise our kids here, go to doctors here, adopt pets here, talk at coffeehouses here, wander through museums here, take classes here, curl up in rocking chairs here and walk hilly trails here.

This is the place we live, the place that means more to us than any other place in the world.

That’s because Carolina Woman has been owned and edited by Triangle women since I founded the magazine in 1993.

For every one of its 17 years, the magazine has focused on women who make their nest in the Triangle.

I was reminded of Carolina Woman’s commitment to the Triangle again last month, when I joined 25,000 others as we took a giant step closer to the finish line at the 14th annual Race for the Cure at Meredith College in Raleigh. I’m proud that Carolina Woman has been a premier sponsor of this fundraiser since the very first one, in 1997.

Komen NC Race for the Cure assists 20,000 people in our backyard by investing more than $2 million a year in breast cancer education, screening, treatment and research, including $1.3 million in community health grants.

Like our work with the local Komen affiliate, Carolina Woman partners with more than 100 groups in our neighborhoods and sponsors dozens of annual charity events.

Carolina Woman has 700 silent partners, too. They’re the owners and managers of locations where the magazine goes like hot cakes every month, including retailers, bookstores, libraries, colleges, gyms, restaurants and offices.

The team that produces Carolina Woman doesn’t sit on the sidelines. We eat, sleep and breathe the Triangle. Here’s the score on our home turf:
• 9 chambers of commerce, representing 8,000 businesses in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, count Carolina Woman as a member.
• 225 talented students from Triangle colleges have enjoyed career-launching experiences in our internship programs.
• 100,000 Triangle women read Carolina Woman every month.
• Hundreds of thousands of Triangle women have entered our photo and writing contests, visited our website, participated in our events and stayed in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

This success is especially sweet for me because I’m surrounded by artful, audacious colleagues who are just as dedicated as I am to the magazine we call yours and to the place we call home.

Debra Simon
Editor & Publisher

From Carolina Woman's July 2010 Behind the Pages

Bye-bye Betsy

“I Survived Cash for Clunkers.”

That’s the bumper sticker I would have created for my 1993 Nissan Quest minivan if the federal program that rewarded owners who swapped senior gas guzzlers for shiny new vehicles ended before I could participate.

Between personal snafus and government holdups last month, it seemed as if Betsy was going to keep on chugging rather than accept a graceful retirement in her twilight years. Yes, I knew the jalopies weren’t exactly put out to pasture, but I liked to think of my van as venerable.

For all of her 354,776 miles, Betsy was more than just a set of wheels. She joined the family when I launched Carolina Woman, and she toiled 24/7, just like me. In the early years, my husband and I delivered every single copy of the magazine from that vehicle. Her removable second row served as the office couch. At outdoor community events, I’d drive her to our booth and unload, then hang a Carolina Woman banner from the roof and make her part of the act.

Becoming obsessed over which of the 35 Toyota dealerships within three hours of the Triangle would have the honor of replacing Betsy, I searched for one that had the exact model I wanted at a rock-bottom price. The winner: Massey Toyota in Kinston.

Prob. No. 1: Sometime over the 16 years I had lost the title, and North Carolina law dictates a two-week waiting period for a duplicate. So I waited.

Prob. No. 2: Motorists had gone on a buying frenzy, and Cash for Clunkers was running out of Uncle Sam’s greenbacks after just a week. The project was stalled while Congress decided whether to oil it with a couple billion. So I waited.

The day Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic and third female justice, the Senate also funded the “clunkers” extension. For just a moment, I didn’t know which news was bigger.

On what turned out to be the final weekend of the month-long program, I received a copy of my title. Betsy and I hit the road for our last, glorious ride — a two-hour journey to Kinston.

The old girl’s air conditioner and radio were inoperable, her ripped seats were patched with duct tape, and rust had started taking over her body. She coughed and wheezed. Yet she cruised into the dealership like a champ and, it seemed to me, in the final turn held her hood high.

Bye-Bye Betsy

Debra Simon
Editor & Publisher

From Carolina Woman's September 2009 Behind the Pages


Pleasure to Meet You

In a journalistic career spanning several decades, I've profiled dozens of personalities. But squeezing those years into a few paragraphs is a tricky bit of magic when the years are your own!

Where to start? I chuckled over Snoopy's "It was a cold and rainy night." I conjured up Ted, the anchorman on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," intoning, "It all started in a 40‑watt radio station..."

But that's sort of how it happened. So here goes: It all started in a newspaper office at Queens College of the City University of New York.

As a lonely 15‑year old freshman, I didn't know a soul on the campus of 30,000. One day, I walked into the college newspaper office. In a figurative sense, I never walked out. 

When I was 18, I won a summer internship as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Three of my articles wound up on the front page! Reuters, the international wire service, hired me fresh out of college to cover the commodity futures exchanges in New York

A few years later, I moved to Connecticut as an editor of The Hartford Courant, the largest newspaper between New York and Boston. Then I accepted a position as assistant business editor of The Miami Herald, where we produced a weekly magazine called "Business Monday."

In those years, my favorite motto was "Never Postpone Your Life for a Man," a saying I had spotted in ‑ of all places ‑ Glamour magazine. Then I met my husband, a native of the Triangle, and life took a detour.

The News & Observer offered me a job, but I turned it down for two reasons.

First, my other motto, "Question Authority," had always plunged me into hot water with corporate types. (My favorite performance review said, "She's without question the best editor with whom I've ever worked, but she's also a pain in the behind.")

Second, the members of my family have always been an entrepreneurial lot – going back to Grandpa Simon's horse‑and‑wagon moving company early this century. Now, I decided, was my turn.

Selling ads by day, writing articles by night, I launched Lean Times, the monthly health and fitness newspaper in the Triangle. After five years, I sold the publication and turned the proceeds into a lifelong dream – a 1-1/2-year backpacking trip around the world for my husband and myself.

We were sleeping under a mosquito net in the South Pacific island of Tonga when the idea for Carolina Woman hit me.

A few months later, I was back in the Triangle – selling ads by day and writing articles by night.

Pleasure to Meet you

Debra Simon
Editor & Publisher

From Carolina Woman's November 1995 Behind the Pages



Q: How can I advertise in Carolina Woman?
A: Check out the media kit here; call our office at 919-960-5050 and ask to speak to the advertising director; or request more info by e-mailing ads@carolinawoman.com.

Q: Where can I pick up the magazine?
A: We're all over the Triangle! Click on Grab a Copy for more information or e-mail circulation@carolinawoman.com

Q: How can my business become a distribution location?
A: We're happy to deliver to your business. Please e-mail circulation@carolinawoman.com for more information.

Q: How often is Carolina Woman magazine published?
A: Bi-monthly.

Q: Are you affiliated with any other publications?
A: No. Carolina Woman is independently, locally owned.

Q: Do you accept freelance articles? Whom do I contact about an article idea?
A: Generally, we do not accept unsolicited articles or hire freelance writers. Our editorial calendar is set at least a year in advance. However, you can e-mail article ideas to articles@carolinawoman.com. Please be aware that we receive hundreds of ideas every year.

Q: Does Carolina Woman offer an internship program?
A: Yes. We offer two unpaid internships: journalism and advertising/marketing. Click here for more information, and e-mail your resume and cover letter to projects@carolinawoman.com.

Q: How long has Carolina Woman been around?
A: Since 1993.

Q: Who is the cover model? How can I become a model? Do you hold your own photo shoots?
A: We can't provide information about the model. We do not hold photo shoots.

Q: How can I find a specific product or service provider I saw in an article?
A: E-mail your question to articles@carolinawoman.com. Please provide the issue month and the headline of the article.

Job Opportunities

Account Executive - Carolina Woman seeks a high-energy sales professional with 3 years' print and web experience in the Triangle. Commission-based. Email resume to projects@carolinawoman.com.

Internship Opportunities


Internships are available at Carolina Woman, the magazine for women in the Triangle.


Unpaid internships in the spring, summer and fall are available to students at accredited colleges and universities. Due to the number of applications received for each position, the program is very competitive.


Carolina Woman, a lifestyle publication with 100,000 readers, has been publishing since 1993. It has a fun office environment and dedicated staff members who enjoy working with interns. The Editor and Publisher, Debra Simon, is a veteran reporter and editor whose work has appeared in many recognized media outlets, including The Miami Herald, Seventeen magazine, Thomson Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.


Organized and outgoing multi-taskers who enjoy learning in a fast-paced environment thrive at Carolina Woman. Past interns have gone on to the staffs of leading media companies, such as Oprah, Vogue and iVillage - to name just a few!



Journalism/Editorial Intern

What's the secret to breaking into journalism? Publish, publish and publish some more! Carolina Woman's interns write feature stories for our 100,000+ readers in the Triangle. The articles cover a range of diverse, compelling subjects - everything from fashion to finance - there's something exciting for everyone. You'll also have the chance to act as a liaison with the many events we sponsor, drafting agreements and fielding questions.


Duties Include:
- Writing and editing articles for publication in the print magazine
- Maintaining and increasing Internet presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our website
- Connecting with coordinators of local events for media sponsorship
- Working with individuals, businesses and organizations in the Triangle for media coverage
- Taking charge of organizing information in Excel, email and print



Advertising/Marketing Intern

Our Director of Advertising will personally teach you sales tactics as well as how media space is bought and sold. Work closely with Carolina Woman's prestigious clientele, handling customer service with finesse and professionalism.


Duties include:
- Researching potential new clients
- Maintaining client database
- Enhancing and improving magazine circulation
- Assisting in advertising sales
- Working with the Advertising Director to determine magazine layout



If interested in applying for one of these positions, email cover letter and resume to
projects@carolinawoman.com. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Phone: 919-960-5050

P.O. Box 8
Carrboro, N.C. 27510