Hemp Grower Appoints Stephen Langel as Editor

Hemp Grower Appoints Stephen Langel as Editor

Langel, who has more than two decades of journalism experience, will aid in HG’s transition to a monthly print magazine.

October 2, 2020

Oct. 2, 2020 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – GIE Media, the parent company of Hemp Grower, Cannabis Business TimesCannabis Dispensary, and Cannabis Conference is pleased to announce that Stephen Langel has been named editor of Hemp Grower.

Langel will support HG’s continued rapid growth following GIE Media’s decision to transition the HG print magazine from a bimonthly to a monthly publishing schedule beginning in January 2021.

A graduate of the University of Florida School of Law and the Florida State University School of Communication and Information, Langel has more than 20 years of experience as an editor, reporter, and fundraiser.

He has written for and edited several publications in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, such as Roll Call, Health Affairs, and Washington Drug Letter, reporting on topics including healthcare reform, environmental policy, and the fight for social justice. He has also covered several major events, such as President Obama's first inauguration and the Congressional debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Since moving to Northeast Ohio, Langel has been a freelance reporter for both the Cleveland Jewish News and the Columbus Jewish News, while working as a fundraiser for several organizations. His fundraising work included leadership positions with The Cleveland Orchestra, Andrews Osborne Academy, the NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

Langel received a Juris Doctor at the University of Florida, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Florida Journal of International Law. Langel received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude while majoring in communication studies with a minor in African American studies.

"It is an honor to be Hemp Grower's new editor, and I look forward to providing our readers with the news and insight to be successful in this fascinating, emerging market,” Langel said. “I also consider myself fortunate to be able to take on this role as part of a team of such talented and dedicated professionals."

“We are excited to welcome Stephen to our team,” Editorial Director Noelle Skodzinski said. “His years of experience as an editor, including in regulatory and environmental topic areas, lay a solid groundwork for him to help guide Hemp Grower as it continues its rapid growth and advances its mission to educate and guide the North American hemp industry.”

About Hemp Grower

Hemp Grower is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more.

HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably.

About GIE Media

Established in 1980, GIE Media Inc. has grown from one publication into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries. The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest-quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership.

GIE Media Inc. is headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, and is privately owned by its founder Richard Foster. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.