The managing editor of Time magazine is leaving the magazine and is headed to Washington for a post with the Obama administration. The New York Times reports that Richard Stengel will take a position as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.
“Mr. Stengel succeeds Tara Sonenshine, who held the post with Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry before leaving in July,” the story reports.
Prior to Sonenshine’s term, the position was held by Judith A. McHale, former chief executive of Discovery Communications, who worked under Mrs. Clinton until 2011.
“Mr. Stengel has said that his deputy editor, Nancy Gibbs, would succeed him,” the story notes. “Daniel Kile, a spokesman for Time, declined to comment about either job move.”
Stengel, Time’s 16th managing editor, covered the 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns as a writer and traveled with Secretary Clinton to the Middle East in 2012.