The new hires come from ABC News, the Hillary Clinton campaign, The Hill, Facebook, the Christian Science Monitor, Mic, the New York Post and The Record. The promotions are dominated by a raft of editor titles and a key change in D.C.
Below is the full memo from editor in chief Nancy Gibbs and digital editor Edward Felsenthal.
TIME is in the midst of a truly banner year, with historic levels of readership and a continuing run of strong covers, from this week’s “Is Truth Dead?” blockbuster to one that inspired a Madame Tussauds reenactment. In February, TIME’s domestic audience increased 40% year-over-year, according to comScore. We also raked in 73 million video streams across platforms, including 14.3 million streams onsite—nearly double the year-ago numbers. Our readers are coming to devour subjects across our topic verticals, including in February, noisy eating, the Oscars, Grammys and Bret Stephens’ Daniel Pearl lecture. March is also showing terrific results so far too.
The best news of all: Reinforcements are here. We’re happy to welcome eight new arrivals and celebrate 12 promotions.
Six of the new staffers join our growing digital News Desk, led by Dan Hirschhorn and staffed collectively by editors and reporters from TIME, Fortune and Money. We’re grateful to Cliff Leaf, Andrew Nusca and Adam Auriemma for their partnership and investment in this effort.
First, the promotions:
Alex Altman becomes Deputy Bureau Chief in Washington, adding assigning and editing to his reporting and writing responsibilities. Alex has brought his considerable talents to our Washington political coverage since 2010, co-authoring multiple cover stories in the 2016 election on the Republican primary. He has a great feel for story conception and a sharp analytical eye, which the bureau has long relied on. Alex started at TIME as an intern in the London bureau in September 2007 before becoming a writer and reporter in the briefing section of the magazine in 2008.
Julie Shapiro becomes Senior Editor. In just two years at TIME, Julie has become a singular newsroom leader: She is calm in a crisis, dogged in breaking news and driven by both data and a desire to delight our readers. In her new position, Julie will take on a larger leadership role in daily coverage outside the News Desk. Reporting to Dan and Siobhan, she will ensure that we are taking advantage of opportunities across verticals, framing stories—including enterprise, visual and graphics—for appropriate platforms. In addition to overseeing enterprise coverage by News Desk writers and leading our interactive news team TIME Labs, Julie will serve as editorial standards editor for TIME Digital, providing a watchful eye for our most challenging pieces.
Mandy Oaklander becomes Deputy Health Editor. Since Mandy joined TIME in August 2014 she has been an essential member of the TIME health team, aggressively covering news while launching the popular “Should I Eat This?” column about confusing foods and writing a wide range of features, from the science of crying and doctor burnout to bacterial forensics and the science of exercise. Over time, Mandy has also taken on more editing responsibilities, helping to shape and manage TIME’s daily health coverage online in coordination with the Time Inc. digital health desk. In her new role, she will work closely with Siobhan and Sam to continue to expand TIME’s health offerings and franchises.
Christine Lim becomes Senior Manager, Editorial Tools. Christine joined TIME as an intern in 2007 and has played a critical role in the continual improvement of our product and technology. Her new position formalizes the pivotal link she has forged in ensuring that our product and technology sync with our editorial process and the needs of users. Everything we launch—from annual franchises like Person of the Year to our growing array of newsletters to new verticals like TIME Health and The Goods—benefits from her dedication and commitment to quality.
Andrew Katz becomes Senior Editor, Multimedia. Since first coming to TIME in 2011, Andrew has developed a command of all corners of TIME’s newsroom. Aided by a nose for news and a passion for telling the stories behind the most indelible images, Andrew has authored many of our most-read pieces that contextualize photography since he returned to TIME in December 2015. Andrew has been instrumental in producing the most critical international photographic features across platforms. Along with Paul Moakley, Katz will oversee photo staffing for the news desk and ensure photo training for all reporters.
Brittany Robins becomes Audience Engagement Editor for TIME, Fortune and Money. Her new role is an essential one as we increasingly leverage the scale and impact of all three sites and as the audience teams work more and more closely together. Since joining TIME last year, Brittany’s attention to detail, data-driven insights and collaborative spirit have contributed to TIME’s record traffic and explosive growth on social media platforms. Brittany holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and was previously a digital reporter at the New York Daily News.
Tara Johnson becomes Senior Producer, Photography and Visual Enterprise. Tara joined TIME as an intern in 2014 and became Associate Photo Editor 11 months later. She has choreographed some of the most ambitious cross-platform projects at TIME. Tara was instrumental to the success of the 100 Photos project and acted as the coordinating supervisor for the individual videos. With a keen eye and terrific production skills, Tara has been a critical player in the visual evolution of TIME’s brand.
Mackenzie Yang becomes Data and Analytics Strategist. In her new role, Mackenzie will work across the News and Lifestyle Groups with a focus on using data to grow our audience and meet business goals. Since joining TIME three years ago, Mackenzie has become one of the most important champions of metrics in the newsroom. She has played a pivotal role in growing our email newsletter subscribers, now nearing 2 million, and in ensuring that our open rates are the highest in the industry. Mackenzie is also a CMS guru of great agility and a critical player in large franchises.
Olivia Waxman becomes Staff Writer. Since joining TIME in 2011, Olivia has become a great asset to numerous departments, from Newsfeed to the front of the book. Since moving to the TIME History team as a reporter in 2016, her reporting and creativity have helped expand the vertical’s authority on a wide range of topics—from ever-evolving political precedents to the surprising past of Daylight Saving Time—all while maintaining a portfolio of print responsibilities.
Samantha Cooney becomes Associate Editor, Motto. Samantha was previously a content producer for TIME and Motto, where she has contributed stories on reproductive health, rape culture and victim rights, among many other topics. She previously wrote for Business Insider and Mashable and is a graduate of Barnard College, where she served as managing editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator.
Lena Grossman becomes Associate Partnerships Editor, managing day-to-day relationships with our external partners while helping to identify and source new ones and coordinating our use of content from other Time Inc. sites. Lena has been at TIME for just over a year and has been integral in the newsroom as a breaking news producer and has contributed to TIME’s success on platforms and other publishers, such as Apple News. Lena is a graduate of Tulane University.
Dilys Ng becomes Associate Photo Editor. Dilys has been a key addition to the Photo team since she started as an intern last July and has impressed us with her taste and tact. She’s already brought a vision and ambition to our culture pages and is currently working on several large-scale productions, which she seems to handle effortlessly.
We are also delighted to announce the following new hires:
Alana Abramson joins the News Desk as a news reporter. Alana was most recently a reporter and researcher on the ABC News politics desk during the 2016 presidential campaign. She has also contributed to CBS News, ABC News and the New York Times. Born outside Philadelphia, Alana graduated from Brandeis University before earning her master’s at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Alana currently lives in Queens.
John Buysse joins the News Group as Audience Engagement Editor at Fortune. He comes to us from the Hillary Clinton campaign, where he served as Social Media Strategist (and coined the “Love Trumps Hate” slogan). John launched the campaign’s official accounts on Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Jennifer Calfas joins the News Desk as a reporter. Jennifer was most recently a reporter and social media curator at The Hill. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. A native of Los Angeles, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016. She’s an avid runner and hopes to complete her third marathon this fall.
Jaclyn Gallucci joins the News Desk on April 10 as a news editor. Jaclyn was most recently an editor at Facebook and has written for numerous publications over the past 10 years, including the Long Island Press, the New York Observer and Time Out New York, covering everything from unsolved murders to the environment. A native of Long Island, she graduated from CUNY Queens College before earning her master’s at NYU. She has performed as a parade mascot and raced in a stunt plane—all in the name of journalism.
Celine Hacobian joins TIME as Associate Audience Engagement Editor. Celine comes to us from Christian Science Monitor, where she managed social media accounts, developed videos and implemented newsletter strategy as Social Media Coordinator. Celine has a master’s in journalism from Columbia and is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Aric Jenkins joins the News Desk as a reporter. Aric was most recently a staff reporter at Mic and IBT media. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Maxim and Brooklyn Magazine. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Aric attended Temple University, where he studied film. He now lives in Brooklyn and enjoys making Spotify playlists in his free time.
Sophie Rosenbaum joins the News Desk as a news editor. Sophie spent the past few years as a breaking news reporter at the New York Post, where she covered crime, viral news and more. Over the years she has also contributed to the New York Times, the New York Daily News and NBC News. A native of Oswego in upstate New York, she graduated from Binghamton University and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Sophie, who currently lives in Queens, is usually wearing at least one cat-related item.
Lisa Marie Segarra joins the News Desk on April 10 as a reporter. Lisa Marie was most recently a breaking news reporter at the Record/NorthJersey.com, where she covered politics, national, crime and business news. Her work has also appeared in the Montclair Times and New Brunswick Today. A New Jersey native, she graduated from Rutgers University in 2015. 50 Cent once bought her a movie ticket.
Please join us in congratulating these terrific members of our teams.
Nancy and Edward