TIME Hires 11 New Reporters, Promotes 3

TIME‘s new Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs is starting her tenure on a high note. The magazine announces 11 new hires and three promotions.

The highlights: Michael Crowley becomes Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Massimo Calabresi becomes Deputy Washington Bureau Chief.

See the memo…

Staff Announcement
To: TIME Edit
From: Nancy Gibbs

I’m pleased to announce another round of promotions and hires as we continue our expansion and approach the relaunch of TIME.com. We have great momentum heading into this project: traffic in August was up 50%, and just yesterday we had nearly 3 million unique visitors, one of our biggest days in years. Our launch of Red Border Films, with the stunning interactive look at Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington, was a critical success, and our video streams have more than doubled in the past month alone. On social this month, TIME’s Facebook followers topped 1 million, and Twitter followers are just about to top the 5 million mark.

Michael Crowley becomes Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Since joining TIME in May 2010, Michael has focused on national politics, including the 2012 Republican primaries and presidential race. He has also covered foreign policy and national-security issues, from profiling John Brennan and examining the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing to writing stories detailing Barack Obama’s challenges on drones, surveillance and closing the Guantánamo Bay prison. Most recently, Michael wrote TIME’s cover story “The Unhappy Warrior,” on how Syria became a defining test for Obama’s foreign policy vision. In recent years, he has visited Israel, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt, and he plans to travel more in his new role.

Massimo Calabresi becomes Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. Since joining the Washington bureau in 1999, he has covered the CIA, State, Justice, Treasury, Congress and the White House. He reported on the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo as TIME’s Central Europe bureau chief from 1995 to 1999, winning citations of excellence from the Overseas Press Club for his coverage of the massacres at Srebrenica and the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo. More recently, he has written cover stories on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In his new role, he will help oversee coverage out of Washington while continuing to write for both the magazine and TIME.com.

Catherine Mayer becomes Editor-at-Large. Her new position gives more scope for her distinctive voice, one of TIME’s signature assets. You will know her as a prolific writer of cover stories; last fall she had a run of three international covers in one month, and her topics have ranged from Angela Merkel to  Europe’s financial crisis, Rupert Murdoch and the hacking scandal, the 2012 Olympics, the royal wedding and the most famous baby after North West. She has interviewed the last three British Prime Ministers several times each. She is the author of the book Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly, which grew out of a piece she wrote for one of TIME’s 10 Ideas issues. In her new role, Catherine will continue to advise on TIME’s strategy and help build our events program, which is a key part of that plan and kicks off with a TIME 100 dinner in London next month, the first such event outside the U.S.

Isaac Guzmán, TIME’s new Culture editor, joins us from the New York Post, where he served eight years as the Sunday Features Editor. Isaac has also worked as a writer and editor at the New York Daily News,Drill magazine, Newsday (where he rubbed elbows with our own Matt McAllester) and the Los Angeles Times. He was born in East L.A. and has been playing in bands since he was 16; he says his crowning musical accomplishment came while reporting a story on Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp for the Post, when he got to play “My Generation” and “Baba O’Riley” with Roger Daltrey of the Who.