Laura Michaels, left, is the new editor of Franchise Times, replacing Beth Ewen, who will stay on as a writer out of her new HQ in Chicago.

Nicholas Upton

Laura Michaels is the new editor of Franchise Times effective April 1, charged with leading the talented editorial team in creating engaging and useful content for our readers across all platforms.

She was managing editor of FT where she displayed sterling news judgment, impeccable editing skills and a diplomatic and friendly personality that makes her popular with sources and staff members alike, according to Beth Ewen, whom she replaces.

Michaels also served as managing editor of Foodservice News, FT’s sister publication, which she quickly established as a go-to resource for chefs, restaurant owners, vendors and servers in the local community. Ewen was editor-in-chief since 2016 and will remain with Franchise Times but in a new role, as senior editor, reporting and writing articles and blog posts from her new headquarters in Chicago where she is relocating to join her husband after his job change. 

A veteran business journalist, Ewen is co-creator of several high-impact editorial projects for Franchise Times, including Dealmakers and Fast & Serious. 

Tom Kaiser, meanwhile, takes on a new role primarily as editor of Food On Demand and will also continue to contribute articles to Franchise Times.



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