Nancy Gibbs

Former Editor in Chief, Time Magazine

Nancy Gibbs is an award-winning writer, speaker and presidential historian, and the former Editor in Chief of TIME. In March, 2018 she joined the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School as visiting Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy. Until September 2017, she was Editor of TIME, directing news and feature coverage across all platforms for more than 65 million readers worldwide. A nationally known thought leader on American politics and society, Gibbs was named TIME’s 17th editor in September 2013, the first woman to hold the position, and remains an Editor at Large.

Gibbs is one of the most published writers in the history of TIME, having covered four presidential campaigns and written more cover stories (175+) than any other writer. She is a frequent guest on radio and television news shows, a former consultant to CBS News and guest essayist for The News Hour on PBS.

She is the co-author, along with Michael Duffy, of two best-selling presidential histories: “The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity” (2012), which spent 30 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, and “The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House” (2007). She has lectured extensively on the American presidency, including at the Bush, Reagan, Carter, Johnson and Truman libraries, the Aspen Institute, the Dallas World Affairs Club, the Commonwealth Club and the National Archives

Gibbs was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Yale summa cum laude, with honors in history, and has a degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, where she was a Marshall scholar.
She has twice served as the Ferris Professor at Princeton, where she taught a seminar on politics and the press.