02/08/2012 09:45 am ET Updated Apr 09, 2012

Desirée Rogers Re-Energizes Ebony Magazine

Eighteen months ago, not long after leaving the White House, Desirée Rogers had a big problem on her hands. She had just been appointed chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co., and the publisher's flagship property, Ebony magazine, was in deep distress. Ebony had missed its rate base repeatedly over the previous eight years; ad pages plunged a jaw-dropping 39 percent the previous year, and she had a magazine that was teetering on the brink.