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EW at 20: Editor's note

Managing editor Jess Cagle on where the magazine's been -- and all the excitement in the years ahead

K.D. LANG Entertainment Weekly's first cover from Feb. 16, 1990

Twenty years ago in mid-February, the first issue of a new magazine, Entertainment Weekly, hit stands. It was a big day for me. I was a young reporter at the magazine, a Texan newly transplanted to New York. All those movies I had escaped to as a kid and the endless hours of TV I had absorbed had actually led to a job where the chief requirement was a passion for entertainment. I couldn’t — still can’t — believe my luck. Readers adored EW as much as I did. It quickly evolved from a wobbly toddler to a powerful, fun-loving arbiter of pop culture. As the entertainment universe has expanded, so have we — besides movies, TV, books, and music, we now have theater, apps, games, and websites on the menu, as well as 24/7 breaking news and hilarious commentary and video here at EW.com. Stay tuned; soon you’ll get Entertainment Weekly on more digital platforms. We plan to spend the next 20 years doing what we do best: making sure you’re the first to know about the best (and worst) in pop culture; giving you unparalleled access to Hollywood’s best and brightest; and helping you make the most of the precious time and money you spend on entertainment. This year we’ll publish three anniversary issues, all of them dedicated to you — the demanding, smart, opinionated, and devoted EW reader.