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Nancy Gibbs in conversation with David Von Drehle

Thursday, August 17, 2017
10:45am

Location Amphitheater

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Nancy Gibbs
Managing editor, Time magazine

Nancy Gibbs is managing editor of Time, which has 50 million readers worldwide. She oversees the domestic, international and tablet editions of the magazine, Time.com, Time mobile and Time for Kids. Gibbs was named Time’s 17th managing editor in 2013, and is the first woman to hold the position.

Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best magazine writers in the country, she is the author of more than 150 Time cover stories and many back-page essays. Gibbs’ story for the black-bordered special issue on Sept. 11, 2001, won the National Magazine Award. She was the lead Time writer on virtually every major news event from Oklahoma City to Hurricane Katrina, as well as the last five presidential campaigns; after the 2008 election, Politico described her as “the poet laureate of presidents.” 

A frequent commentator on radio and television and former essayist on the “PBS NewsHour,” Gibbs has twice served as the Ferris Professor at Princeton, where she taught a seminar on “Politics and the Press.” She graduated from Yale and has a degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, where she was a Marshall scholar. Gibbs, a lifelong Chautauquan, has appeared several times on the morning lecture platform.


David Von Drehle
Columnist, The Washington Post

David Von Drehle was, for 10 years, editor-at-large for Time magazine, a position he took after several editorships at The Washington Post. It was announced earlier this summer that in August, von Drehle will return to the Post as a staff columnist, writing twice-weekly columns.

Von Drehle began his career in journalism at 17 years old, working as a sports writer for The Denver Post. Since then, he has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and Time. While at the Herald, Von Drehle won a Livingston Award for his 1988 work on a series titled “The Death Penalty: A Failure of Execution.” That piece also earned Von Drehle the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award for excellence in Media and the Arts in 1989 During his tenure with the Miami Herald, Von Drehle also received an American Society of News Editors Distinguished Writing Award. In 1991 Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post, where he went on to become Arts editor and Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the Style section. He left The Washington Post in 2006 to become Editor-at-Large for Time, where he has written more than 160 articles for that magazine.

Von Drehle is the author of Among the Lowest of the Dead, Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election, Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, and Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle earned his bachelor's from the University of Denver, and his Masters in Literature as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University.

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