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Time Makes Several Hires and Promotions, Names Michael Scherer Washington Bureau Chief

Time’s Rick Stengel just sent out a memo announcing several hires and promotions. The big one: Michael Scherer has been named the magazine’s Washington bureau chief. Scherer has been with Time since 2007, most recently serving as White House correspondent.

Here are the nuts and bolts of the other Time moves, followed by Stengel’s note.

    • Ben Goldberger becomes Nation editor
    • Maya Rhodan joins as Washington bureau reporter
    • Michael Duffy, executive editor of Time, will have his role expanded
    • Eliza Gray joins the magazine from The New Republic
    • Jack Dickey has been named a reporter covering sports and culture
    • Nick Carbone and Alex Fitzpatrick are promoted to Homepage editors
    • Olivia Waxman and Lily Rothman are promoted to reporters
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       We’re in a period of great editorial change and momentum. We have been producing exceptional journalism, photography, video and design this year.  We are also in the midst of a sizable investment in the relaunch of TIME.com and our mobile platforms by the end of the year. This is allowing us to innovate in our journalism and bring in new talent to create it. So here’s the news—a mixture of promotions and new hires. First, Washington.

      I am very happy to announce that Michael Scherer will become TIME’s new Washington Bureau Chief. Michael’s combination of talents—his gift for reporting and writing, his feel for story conception and his understanding of the web and social media—makes him an ideal fit for the bureau at this moment. Scherer joined TIME in December of 2007 and became the magazine’s White House correspondent following the 2008 campaign. He has written a number of compelling cover stories in recent years, including The Informers, The Gunfighters, The New Sheriffs of Wall Street and Yo Decido: the Rise of the Latino Voter. Just last week, he won the National Press Club’s Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for his series on how the Obama campaign harnessed technology to win the 2012 Presidential race. Before coming to TIME, he worked as a Washington Correspondent for both Salon.com and Mother Jones magazine.

      Ben Goldberger becomes Nation editor, responsible for stories from outside of DC for both the magazine and the website. Since arriving at TIME in 2012, Ben has distinguished himself with his sharp editing and thinking, and recently oversaw our Rahm Emanuel cover story and much of our Oklahoma tornado coverage. Ben was the founding editor of the Huffington Post’s Chicago site and later was news and digital editor for the Chicago News Cooperative, the public service journalism project that partnered with the New York Times. Ben is that rare thing, a native New Yorker who understands other parts of the country.

      Maya Rhodan joins the Washington bureau as a reporter. Maya was born and raised in Chicago, graduated with honors from Howard University in 2012, and has done stints at City Paper, Essence, and Washingtonian. Most recently, she has been the National Newspaper Publisher Association’s DC reporter. Her first story, on coming changes to state election rules in the wake of the Shelby decision, posted last weekend. You can follow Maya at @M_rhodan.

      And, of course, the person behind all of these changes is Michael Duffy. The promotions of Scherer and Goldberger will enable Duffy to focus more fully on his role as executive editor, overseeing a wider variety of stories, projects and editorial partnerships—and it might even allow him to write a little more.

      Now, for New York:

      Eliza Gray comes to TIME from The New Republic, where she covered politics, Washington society, and other subcultures. She has written for NewsweekThe Wall Street Journal, and the European Voice. She graduated from Harvard in 2008 with a degree in English and American Literature and in 2010 from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she sits on the Board of Visitors. Her first feature was this week’s fascinating piece on the Institute for Advanced Study.

      Jack Dickey joins us as a reporter covering sports and culture. Jack graduated from Columbia in May, having also distinguished himself over the last two and a half years as a writer for Deadspin. Jack broke the story that one of college football’s most widely-reported tales—the girlfriend who had seemingly inspired Manti Te’o—was a hoax. He also wrote about the quasi-legal social-media surveillance of college athletes and the surprising value of baseball position players who turn into pitchers. Jack is a two-fer for Time Inc., as he will also contribute regularly to Sports Illustrated.

      Nick Carbone is promoted to Homepage Editor, helming our crucial morning hours. Nick is no stranger to some of the strangest hours at TIME. A graduate of Northwestern, Nick started at TIME in November 2011 on weekend duty, and quickly found himself live-blogging everything from Arab Spring to hurricanes. He also shoots and edits video.

      Alex Fitzpatrick joins us as Homepage Editor, primarily on evening duty and continuing the extension of our coverage along with Nick and Erin Skarda, who became weekend Homepage Editor in May. Alex comes from Mashable, where he has spent the last two years covering the intersection of politics and social media. He has a B.A. in International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.

      Lily Rothman is promoted to Reporter. Lily has been at TIME since January of 2012, first as an intern at LightBox and later as a writer and web producer on the entertainment and pop-culture beat. A pop-culture junkie (with a special fondness for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and skilled reporter, Lily has written on an impressive range of entertainment-related topics, from James Bond to James Franco. She’s a graduate of Yale and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

      Olivia Waxman is promoted to Reporter. Olivia covered Con Edison and the Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy, talked to eyewitnesses in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings and the Oklahoma City tornado, and helped steer live-blogs on the Boston bombings and the Cleveland kidnappings. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Hamilton College.

      Congratulations to all.

      Rick

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