TIME’s D.C. Bureau Chief Upped to Exec. Editor

TIME‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy is being promoted to Executive Editor of the magazine. He will remain in Washington with the additional title.

Congratulations to Duffy!

See the internal memo from John Huey and Rick Stengel…it’s actually interesting and they give Duffy the highest praise, calling him a “major source of practical wisdom.” They say he does so much, but he does it “discreetly.”

From:   John Huey and Rick Stengel

Re:       Staff Announcement

It gives me great pleasure to announce, on the recommendation of Rick Stengel, the promotion of Michael Duffy to executive editor of TIME. Everyone associated with TIME has long felt the outsize influence Michael wields on the quality and acuity of so much that TIME does, and he has also been a major source of practical wisdom and advice to the editor-in-chief in all matters involving the complexities of journalistic practices and ethics. For all this, Michael characteristically eschews recognition or praise. Nevertheless, it is past time for his elevation. I will let Rick tell you exactly why:

It’s hard to describe what Michael Duffy does at TIME because he does so much and he does it so discreetly. He presides over Washington and our political coverage — and there’s no one better at that than he — but he also plants the seed for cover stories on everything from Hell to yoga. (Plus, he has the knack of making you think it was your idea.) He can restructure the most broken story and not touch the flawless one. Every Sunday night, I get a missive on what’s going to matter in the week ahead, and I’ve also been the recipient of his famous editing memos entitled: “Story’s Fine, Here’s How to Fix It.” He is the master of the conceptual scoop as well as the old-fashioned kind. He is almost always two steps ahead of everyone. In his more than two decades at TIME, he has covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. A search of TIME.com gives him credit for (or at least some part of) 116 cover stories. He has won or shared the Goldsmith award for investigative journalism, two Gerald Ford awards for distinguished reporting and a Luce award. Since 2009, he has been both Washington bureau chief and Nation editor, and his new title takes into account how vital and central he is to everything we do. Every week and every day, he makes TIME and all of us look smarter and wiser and better and we should all be grateful for that.

Please join us both in congratulating Michael.

J. H.                R.S.