Press Release

Joseph C. Anselmo Named Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology; Will Succeed Anthony L. Velocci, Jr.

By SpaceRef Editor
September 21, 2012
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Aviation Week today announced that Joseph C. Anselmo, 45, will become the new Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST), leading a team of aerospace and defense journalists across the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific. He will succeed Anthony L. Velocci, Jr., who is retiring Dec. 31 following a distinguished 23-year career with Aviation Week. Anselmo will immediately begin phasing into his new role.

“We are proud to have Joe lead our global team of the best journalists in the business,” said Greg Hamilton, President of Aviation Week. “With the recent re-launch of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Joe was deeply involved in establishing our global vision and digital editorial strategy. His passion for our essential industry, coupled with his willingness to push the envelope and effect change, will take our brand to even higher levels.”

Based in Washington, Anselmo has 23 years of experience as an editor and reporter, including 15 years with Aviation Week. Most recently, he was managing editor of a global team of Aviation Week’s senior writers. In his dual role as senior business editor, Joe regularly interacted with industry leaders and top executives and wrote AW&ST’s weekly Up Front column. He has led numerous initiatives for Aviation Week in media and events — including the annual Top-Performing Companies study and multimedia air show coverage — and plays a key role in Aviation Week’s ongoing transition to digital media.

Anselmo joined Aviation Week early in his career as a space reporter for Aerospace Daily and was promoted in 1995 to space technology editor at AW&ST, where he covered space technology, policy, military and business around the globe. In 2000, he joined the Washington Post Co. as managing editor of Washington Techway, a new technology business magazine. Anselmo later covered defense and space issues on Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly before re-joining AW&ST as business editor in 2004. He has won three Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards for his reporting and was elected three times to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors, where he also served one term as chairman. A native of Cleveland, Anselmo is a 1989 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

“After devoting a career to AW&ST, passing the Editor-in-chief torch is made that much easier knowing Aviation Week’s flagship is in such capable hands” said Tony Velocci. “As I work closely with Joe through the remainder of this year, I am confident that Joe will lead and innovate in the years to come, ensuring AW&ST builds on its rich history in new and exciting ways.”

About Aviation Week:

Aviation Week, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. Customers include the world’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market. Aviation Week produces data and analytics services including the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), industry-leading events around the world, as well as ShowNews and Business & Commercial Aviation.

On July 2, 2012, the group’s flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) relaunched with an even greater focus on technology, business and operations that has long been the brand’s hallmark. In addition to civil, military and space, AW&ST’s market coverage is further expanded with new monthly Defense Technology and MRO editions to include land and sea and aftermarket insights.

Aviation Week’s 2012 digital expansion includes a redesigned for deeper community engagement and navigation and a comprehensive technology upgrade to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN). AWIN, the industry’s essential integrated business tool, now has increased capability through more fleet and MRO data and an expanded team of data analysts.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:

McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a leading provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, a leading education company focused on digital learning and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial’s leading brands include Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales of $6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is available at

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