Nancy Gibbs promotes top lieutenants at ‘Time’

Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones. ()
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Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs has moved up two of her lieutenants on the magazine's masthead.

Gibbs announced in a staff memo this morning that Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones have both been promoted to deputy managing editor.

"They are passionate about excellence and committed to innovation; rigorous about standards but unfailingly supportive," she told the newsroom.

Duffy, Time's main man in Washington, is a longstanding veteran of the magazine and close friend of Gibbs, with whom he has authored several books.

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Jones came aboard in 2008 from The Paris Review. She started as arts editor, but "[her] portfolio quickly expanded to include all cultural coverage and direction of TIME’s core features," Gibbs wrote.

The moves mirror larger organizational changes within the Time Inc. empire.

Gibbs was named managing editor in September following the resignation of Rick Stengel, who took a job at the State Department. In a surprising move last week, Time Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson's departure was announced as a result of her position being eliminated to make way for Norm Pearlstine, who's returning to Time Inc. from Bloomberg L.P. in the newly-created position of chief content officer.

The company is bracing for a spinoff next spring from its parent company, Time Warner. Gibbs and her team are gearing up for a massive web relaunch in December.

You can read her full note to staff below:

I am pleased to announce the promotions of Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones as Deputy Managing Editors of TIME. Radhika and Michael are a perfect complement to one another as TIME continues to showcase its world class journalism and expand its digital offerings. They are passionate about excellence and committed to innovation; rigorous about standards but unfailingly supportive.

Radhika joined TIME in 2008 from the Paris Review, initially as the Arts editor. Her portfolio quickly expanded to include all cultural coverage and direction of TIME’s core features, Person of the Year and the TIME 100. Her sharp eye and expert instinct for magazine-making helped to reinvent both as multi-platform franchises; she has a special genius for pairing writer to subject, enlisting Michael Bloomberg to write about Jay Z, Sarah Palin on Rand Paul, Jodie Foster on Jennifer Lawrence and Barack Obama on Tom Coburn. A true polymath, she has no fear of complex technology or murky politics or lengthy literary novels. She's an intellectual omnivore, who has steered some of TIME’s most talked about cover stories, from The Only Child Myth to The Singularity to Drones, Millennials and this summer’s Child Free Life. She is also unflappable, working through every kind of crisis without losing her cool, her perspective or her sense of the big picture. In her spare time, she has produced memorable profiles of authors like Cheryl Strayed and Helen Fielding, and blogged on Charles Dickens’ greatest novels to mark his 200th anniversary. Her academic background (she holds a Ph. D. in literature from Columbia) may explain her particular interest in helping young writers develop their voices and older ones sharpen theirs.

Michael came to TIME in 1985 as a Pentagon correspondent, covered Congress, moved on to the White House for six years, and has served as Washington Bureau Chief, Nation Editor and Executive Editor. A peerless reporter, he won or shared the Gerald R. Ford Award for coverage of the White House (1994) and national security (2005) and the Joan Shorenstein Barone Prize for Investigative Journalism in 1997. The driving force behind TIME's political coverage for years (including this week's cover on Chris Christie), he has guided correspondents and managing editors alike through all manner of challenges and headaches. He is that rare editor who could do the piece better himself —yet takes his satisfaction instead from helping writers do their own best work. He scores high in every category: generating ideas, effective urging, pencil editing, air traffic control, managing up, communicating down. (He certainly needed all those skills to manage his co-author on two best-selling books on the U.S. presidency.) His interests are far ranging, and he has shepherded cover stories this year on everything from the Latino Reformation to the blockbuster 25,000 word Bitter Pill story on hospital costs. No one is better at raising our game, while fostering the spirit of lively collaboration that has long been a secret of TIME’s success.

Please join me in congratulating them both.

N.G.