Time Magazine: Nancy Gibbs (Editor in Chief)
The first woman to lead Time magazine, Nancy Gibbs, is handing over the pen after 32 years and a 4-year run as Editor-in-Chief. Gibbs joined Time Inc. in 1985 sifting through mostly black-and-white pages as a fact checker. With much attention and dialogue around women in the newsroom today, Nancy’s ascension to the top is “no small thing” as she acutely observed. While at the respected-red-bordered magazine, Gibbs wrote more cover stories than any other writer in the history of the publication, including a 9,588-word cover story on 9/11 that would go on to win a National Magazine Award. Gibb’s career was also underscored by interviews with 5 presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Under her leadership, Time ambitiously evolved from a print magazine publisher into a digital media enterprise to counteract industry-declining print ad sales. Since 2013, Time’s digital audience grew from 25 million to 60 million. As the nearly century old magazine moved into the digital age, Gibbs increased audience, global reach, and published some of the most acclaimed covers in decades. Her departure crests a wave of magazine resignations from the Editors-in-chief at Elle, Vanity Fair, and Glamour. With the scrutiny swirling media publications and an industry trend towards digital media and twitter blasts, there is no words for the impact of Gibbs’ departure. And if there were any, they would most likely come from Nancy’s pen.