The Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) is delighted to announce that Nancy Gibbs, one of the nation’s leading writers and editors, will be the new co-chair of CCLP’s advisory board. She succeeds Norman Pearlstine, who is now the executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, and joins Mickey Kantor, CCLP’s other co-chair.
“I am thrilled and honored to be working with Mickey, Geoff and the entire CCLP team,” Gibbs said. “This is a critical time for the press in America, and I’m inspired by the efforts of students, scholars and journalists who are working to strengthen such a vital democratic institution.”
Gibbs is the former Editor in Chief of Time magazine (where she remains an Editor-at-Large) and the current Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. During her years at Time, she covered four presidential campaigns, interviewed five U.S. presidents, and was one of the most published writers in Time’s history, writing over 175 cover stories. She is also the co-author of two best-selling presidential histories: The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (2012) and The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007). Gibbs won the National Magazine Award for her work covering the 9/11 attacks.
“I have admired Nancy’s work for years,” said Kantor, who served as US Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce in President Bill Clinton’s administration. “It will be wonderful to have her play this leadership role.”
“It is a great honor to have Nancy Gibbs as the co-chair of our board,” CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan said. “She is one of the best writers and editors of her generation. She will be an inspiration to CCLP, to the projects we undertake, and to the students we are privileged to teach.”