Former Newsweek Editor Meacham Switches Teams

Writes cover story for Time magazine

Newsweek’s loss is Time’s gain, again. Ex-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham wrote the cover story for Time's forthcoming issue, which hits newsstands this week. For the piece, his first for the magazine, Meacham took on controversial evangelical pastor Rob Bell.

“The phone rang one afternoon and Rick [Stengel, managing editor of Time] asked if I'd profile Rob Bell and assess the theology of his argument,” Meacham told Adweek by email. “I was happy to do it and had a great experience with Rick, Nancy Gibbs and the folks there. No plans to write more, but am very open to it.”

Stengel, for his part, called Meacham “one of America’s foremost thinkers on the role  of religion in public life.”

Meacham isn’t the first former Newsweek notable whom Time has attracted. Among the ex-Newsweek employees that it has hired recently are Fareed Zakaria, a columnist and editor at large; Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor; and Susanna Schrobsdorff, Specials editor for