Joe Pompeo looks at Nancy Gibbs’ first few months on the job as Time’s managing editor. She was named to the post in September.
Today, Gibbs runs a newsroom free of the histrionics that some of her peers are known for. So undramatic is her approach that during a recent editorial meeting, while critiquing a homepage headline she thought was misleading, according to people who were there, Gibbs remarked to the offending party: “Why aren’t you leaving this meeting to fix this right now?” Everyone burst out laughing, the joke being that she was paraphrasing a Jill Abramson quote from POLITICO’s now infamous piece about the New York Times executive editor’s reportedly “brusque” and “dismissive” management style. Gibbs, on the contrary, is known for her encouraging, almost motherly mien, though she can still gossip with the best of ‘em or lay down the tough talk when a situation warrants it.