Ann Omvig Maine


Ann Maine retired in March 2017 from Traditional Home, America’s largest upscale design publication, where she served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. She began her career as a newspaper writer at the Nevada Evening Journal and spent stints as communications coordinator for Shive Hattery and Associates in Cedar Rapids and as special sections editor at the Des Moines Register before joining Meredith Corporation in 1982 as a building editor for Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. In her 35 years at Meredith, Ann has been a senior staff member at several magazines, focusing on startups and product launches, including Country Home and the launch of the company’s first digital magazine, TRADhomemag. Maine also introduced Traditional Home’s Classic Woman Awards, which for more than a decade recognized the charitable causes of women across the country who give back to their communities.

An Iowa native, Maine is a graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in home economics journalism and family and consumer sciences. She previously served on the board of directors for the Eureka Springs, Arkansas-based Communication Arts Institute and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, where she directed the creation of colony’s Culinary Suite, helping them become the first writers’ colony to recognize the genre of culinary writing. Maine lives with her husband Mike in Des Moines where they recently moved from a 1907 home in the city’s Owls Head Historic District to a mid-century condo—but spend every weekend possible at their house at Clear Lake, Iowa. (Her life is about homes!) Maine is proud to report that her daughter, Emily Coppola, is an Iowa State graduate.