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AARP Bulletin Names New Editor

Award-winning editor Robert Wilson has joined the AARP Bulletin as the new editor. He replaces retiring editor Elliot Carlson.

AARP Bulletin is the leading newspaper advocate for 35 million AARP members. The monthly publication is the newspaper of 50+ America and is a must read for Congressional representatives and Washington opinion leaders. With information on Medicare, Social Security, consumer protection, caregiving, pension and other financial information, AARP Bulletin delivers the story behind the key issues confronted by 50+ America.

"I came to the Bulletin because I was excited by the vast size of its audience," said Wilson. "With the large number of baby boomers turning 50, there is an even greater opportunity to expose readers to a publication that is both serious and appealing... My vision is pretty simple: I want to enhance the Bulletin's design and to continue to make it even more interesting and useful to the greatest possible number of people."

Under his editorship, Wilson has helped two publications achieve national prominence. As the editor of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the magazine won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1998. When he was a top editor at Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress, the publication received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1996. Prior to that, Wilson was an editor and columnist reviewing books for USA Today for more than a decade, an editor at The Washington Post, and a reporter at The Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia.

In addition Wilson has taught at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins and other universities. His work has appeared in Discover, Smithsonian, The New York Times and other publications. He is currently finishing a book on explorer Clarence King for Scribner.

"We are excited to have an innovative editor of Robert's caliber join us," said Hugh Delehanty editor in chief of AARP Publications. "He has a distinguished background in newspaper and magazine journalism, and with his proven track record of creativity and broad knowledge of hot-button baby boomer issues, he will bring a fresh perspective to the Bulletin, the leading newspaper for 50+ America."

Wilson earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. and his Master of Arts in English from the University of Virginia.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our quarterly publication for Hispanic members; NRTA Live and Learn for National Retired Teachers Association members; and our Web site, We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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