Time magazine has promoted seasoned cover story writer Nancy Gibbs to deputy managing editor, the No. 2 spot at the newsweekly.
In an internal memo announcing the move, Managing Editor Rick Stengel praised Gibbs for being a prolific writer of cover stories on big news events like Columbine, Katrina, and 9/11, and for her behind-the-scenes skills as a manager. Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey joined Stengel in making the announcement.
The last person to hold Gibbs' new position was Michael Elliott, who left in June to become CEO of Bono’s charity One.
Gibbs joined Time as a fact-checker in 1985, rising up the ranks until she became executive editor last year. She belongs to a small group of high-ranking female journalists at Time, which has never had a woman as its top editor. That group has included Priscilla Painton, a former deputy managing editor who left in 2007, and Radhika Jones, who recently became executive editor.
Time isn’t as much of an old-boys’ club as it used to be, though: Kim Kelleher became its worldwide publisher in May.