After starting as a fact checker at Time in 1985, working her way through the ranks to become one of America's top magazine writers with over 100 cover stories and a National Magazine Award on her résumé, Nancy Gibbs in 2013 became editor of the then-90-year-old newsweekly. With Gibbs' new position came a new office. We looked around and found some striking keepsakes, including a curious framed sash. Gibbs explained, "That is a portion of a pope's miter, which was handed down from each Time Inc. editor in chief to the next as a symbol of the respective roles of church and state. When Martha Nelson ended her reign as the last EIC, she cut it up and distributed framed pieces to each of the editors, saying we were all now custodians of our most important traditions. It reminds me of how lucky we all are to stand on the shoulders of giants."
Roll With the Punches
This punching bag from Gibbs’ colleague makes a great stress reliever.
The portion of papal miter passed down among editors sits on a shelf behind Gibbs’ desk.
Page proofs are in Gibbs' office for her review.
Gibbs is a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and his show Sherlock. When Cumberbatch was on the cover of Time, she “was struck by how thoughtfully he talked about Alan Turing and The Imitation Game, and how little known his story was.”
Gibbs keeps a collection of her old press badges. “They remind me of the long road here,” she said, “and what fun it has been.”