Time Magazine Hires 8, Promotes 12

Website domestic audience is up 40% year-over-year

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.


Team TIME:

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.