Sam Jacobs Promoted to Executive Editor of Time Digital

He's been with Time Inc. since 2013.

The steady rise of Sam Jacobs at Time Inc. continues. He joined the company in 2013 to serve as senior editor of and moved up the following year to assistant managing editor of Time magazine.

Today, Time editor in chief and Time Inc. News Group editorial director Nancy Gibbs and Time Inc. digital director for News and Lifestyle and Time Digital editor Edward Felsenthal have news of his next chapter with the company. Here’s the full memo:


We’re delighted to announce that Sam Jacobs will become executive editor of Time Digital. This promotion reflects Sam’s role steering day-to-day online coverage across all verticals and platforms, including video, photography, social, data and newsletters. In his new role, Sam will also oversee the news digital desk, helping drive Time’s growing collaboration with digital titles throughout Time Inc.

Sam’s leadership, superb judgment and eye for talent have been key to the success of our digital efforts. Since joining Time three years ago, he has recruited many of our staff, led our digital long-form initiative and built our interactive news team. He oversaw the creation of our 24/7 publishing desk, which has radically increased the volume, relevance and speed of our content. Along the way, our audience has not only more than doubled but is now 50% ages 18 to 34, according to comScore.

Before coming to Time, Sam was a national political correspondent at Reuters, on the 2012 presidential campaign trail, an associate editor at Newsweek and a reporter at The Daily Beast, covering politics and culture. A graduate from Harvard, Sam has also written for the Boston Globe and the New York Observer.

Please join us in congratulating Sam on his new position.

One of the very last pieces Jacobs published at The Daily Beast before leaving in December 2011 was an interview with soon-to-be Senator Elizabeth Warren. In the context of Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential candidacy, it’s interesting to re-read what Warren told Jacobs about the issue of gender as it pertains to political campaigning:

“The word’s out: I’m a woman,” Warren says, “and I’m going to have trouble backing off on that. I am what I am. I’ll go out and talk to people about what’s happening to their families, and when I do that, I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother.” Visiting a toy store in Salem, Mass., earlier this month, Warren played up her femininity, gushing about her 11-month-old grandson, Atticus. “The hardest part of being around this kid,” she said, “is that he has the most delicious-looking toes.”

Photo courtesy: Time Inc.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.