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Amid Cover Controversy, TIME Ups Duffy And Jones

TimelogoTIME Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy and Executive Editor Radhika Jones have been promoted to Deputy Managing Editors, according to an internal memo from TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs. Duffy, a long-time Washington hand, who has been at TIME since 1985 and Executive editor since 2011, has been in the news recently, defending his magazine’s controversial “Chris Christie is a Big Fat Elephant” cover.

He explained to Chris Matthews yesterday, ”Well, [Christie]‘s obviously a big guy. He’s obviously a big Republican. But he’s also done a really huge thing here this week.” Nice save, Mike.

Duffy has shepherded big cover stories all year at TIME, like April’s story about the “Latino Reformation” and “Bitter Pill” about exorbitant hospital costs.

Jones came to TIME from the Paris Review in 2008 and was also promoted to Executive Editor in 2011. She has taken over their core features such as Person of the Year and the TIME 100. She has also introduced Interview-style interviews to TIME, enlisting Michael Bloomberg to interview Jay-Z and Barack Obama to intervew Tom Coburn, among others.

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