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Rick Stengel to Leave Time for State Department

Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, is moving on. According to Politico and Capital New York (they both got the story at the exact same time!) Stengel is taking a spot at the State Department. His expected role will be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Stengel started with Time in 1981. He covered the 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns for the magazine as a senior writer. In 1999 he left Time briefly to write speeches for Bill Bradley’s bid to earn the Democratic nomination for president. Stengel then returned to Time in 2000, only to once again leave for two years, from 2004 to 2006. He has served as Time’s managing editor since 2006.

Nancy Gibbs, Time’s deputy managing editor, is expected to succeed Stengel.

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