RICHARD ALLEN "RICK" STENGEL (born May 2, 1955 ) is an American
editor, journalist and author. He was _Time _ magazine's 16th managing
editor . He has written a number of books including a collaboration
Nelson Mandela on Mandela's autobiography. Prior to taking up
his role as managing editor of _Time_ in 2006, Stengel was the
president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution
On September 12, 2013 Stengel announced that he would be stepping
down from his role as _Time'_s managing editor in order to serve as
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs .
Stengel stepped down as Under Secretary on December 7, 2016.
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Early career
* 2.2 Time.com
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
Managing editor of _Time_
* 4 National Service Movement
* 5 Books
* 6 Personal life
* 7 Honorary degrees
* 8 References
* 9 Further reading
* 10 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Stengel was born and brought up in
New York City
New York City . His Jewish faith
was shaped by father, both addressing anti-semitism "as though it were
more biological than cultural." He attended
Princeton University and
played on the Princeton Tigers basketball team as part of the 1975
National Invitation Tournament
National Invitation Tournament . He graduated _magna cum laude _ in
1977. After college, he won a
Rhodes Scholarship and studied English
and history at
Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford .
Stengel joined _Time_ in 1981 and contributed to the magazine
through the early and mid-1980s, including articles on
South Africa ,
which he also covered for _
Rolling Stone _ magazine. He became a
senior writer and essayist for _Time_, covering both the 1988 and
1996 presidential campaigns .
While working for _Time_, Stengel also wrote for _
The New Yorker _,
The New Republic
The New Republic _, _Spy _, and the _New York Times _ and appeared
on television as a commentator, even contributing to _Indecision
'92_, the 1992
Comedy Central coverage of the Democratic National
Convention in New York. Using his experiences as a journalist as a
basis, in 1998 Stengel taught a course at Princeton on "Politics and
the Press". He was one of the original on-air contributors for MSNBC
Stengel left _Time_ in 1999, to become a senior advisor and chief
Bill Bradley who ran unsuccessfully for the
Democratic nomination for the 2000 presidential election .
Stengel returned to _Time_ in 2000 and took on the role of managing
editor of Time.com. As announced by
Time Inc. in May 2000, Stengel
replaced Richard Duncan in the role and took on the responsibilities
of overseeing news coverage and editorial content. He later held
several other roles at _Time_, including a period as national editor
of the magazine.
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
Stengel left his role as national editor of _Time_ in February 2004
to become the president and CEO of the
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center ,
a museum and education center in
Philadelphia on 1 March 2004. He
Joe Torsella (who resigned to seek a seat in the U.S. House
from the 13th district ) in the position, with the role of raising the
center's profile, adding to its endowment, and increasing the number
of visitors. At the
Constitution Center, Stengel was responsible for
starting the Peter Jennings Institute, offering constitutional
training for journalists;
Constitution High , a charter school for
students interested in history and government; summer teacher
institutes; and brought the Liberty Medal to the organization.
MANAGING EDITOR OF _TIME_
In 2006, Stengel once again returned to _Time_, this time as managing
editor of the magazine. The appointment was announced on 17 May 2006
Editor in Chief of Time Inc., John Huey, and he officially
entered the role on 15 June 2006 as the 16th managing editor of the
magazine, which was in its 83rd year at the time. In his role as
managing editor, Stengel oversees _Time_ magazine, which is one of the
largest magazines worldwide, and Time.com, as well as Time Books, and
Time for Kids.
His first major initiative was to change the magazine's newsstand
date to Friday, starting in early 2007. Following this, Stengel
implemented an ambitious graphic redesign and changes in the
magazine's content, stating that he wanted the magazine to be more
selective and to represent "knowledge" rather than "undigested
information." He increased reporting on war and politics, giving
_Time_ a more focused editorial profile. In his first year as managing
editor, Stengel selected "You" as _Time_'s "Person of the Year ",
which was the subject of much media coverage and debate. In 2010,
_Time_ chose another social media-oriented "Person of the Year",
Mark Zuckerberg .
In 2008, Stengel approved the changing of _Time'_s emblematic red
border for only the second time since its adoption. The border was
changed to green for a special issue focused on the environment. The
cover, which included an altered version of
Joe Rosenthal 's iconic
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima _ photograph—substituting a tree for
the American flag—was criticized by some veterans groups. Explaining
the analogy, Stengel stated his belief that there "needs to be an
effort along the lines of preparing for World War II to combat global
warming and climate change".
Under his leadership, _Time_ has reported on significant world events
such as its coverage of the Iraq war, which he describes in an
editorial as necessary in order to remind people not to "turn away",
and the 2008 presidential campaign. Following the election,
Barack Obama was selected by Stengel as "Person of the
Year" for Obama's 14th appearance on _Time'_s cover in 2008. Stengel
writes editorials for _Time_, including a 2010 piece explaining their
use on _Time_'s cover of a portrait of an 18-year-old Afghan woman
whose nose and ears had been cut off by the
Taliban as a punishment
for running away from her in-laws. For a _Time_ cover story in
December 2010, he interviewed
WikiLeaks spokesperson Julian Assange
Skype , in which Assange called for the resignation of United
States Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton .
Stengel was listed as number 41 on _Newsweek'_s 2010 "Power 50" list
in November 2010. He also regularly appears on shows such as
American Morning _ and
MSNBC 's _
Morning Joe _ to promote the
In 2012, Stengel received a News ">
Richard Stengel visits the
Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the first-ever
multinational online messaging and engagement program in support of
the global coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Stengel was away from TIME magazine's office for several months from
July to September 2013 due to personal reasons. On September 12, 2013
Stengel announced he would be leaving _TIME_ magazine for a role as
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the
role responsible for leading “America’s public diplomacy outreach,
which includes communications with international audiences, cultural
programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international
visitor programs, and U.S. Government efforts to confront ideological
support for terrorism,” according to the State Department’s
NATIONAL SERVICE MOVEMENT
In September 2007, Stengel wrote a _Time_ cover story called "The
Case For National Service" in which he argued that Americans needed to
redouble their efforts to get involved in community service and
volunteerism, and that the presidential candidates needed to make the
issue a top priority in the 2008 presidential campaign. Through this
essay, he became involved with national service groups Be the Change,
City Year, Civic Enterprises, and others to form
ServiceNation , a
coalition of more than 100 organizations dedicated to promoting
national service and volunteerism.
ServiceNation announced that it had secured both U.S. Presidential
candidates to participate in Presidential Forum on National Service at
Columbia University on 11 September 2008. Stengel served as
co-moderator of the forum, along with PBS journalist
Judy Woodruff ,
and both Senators
Barack Obama and
John McCain answered questions in
front of a live audience at
Columbia University about their plans for
On 12 September 2008, Stengel was a featured speaker at the
ServiceNation Summit in New York, along with
Caroline Kennedy ,
Hillary Clinton , First Lady
Laura Bush and New York City
Michael Bloomberg . In February 2009, he testified alongside
Usher Raymond , former U.S. Senator
Harris Wofford and others, in
front of the
United States House Committee on Education and Labor
about the importance of national service, leading to the passage of
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (H.R. 1388). Among other
provisions, the bill helped to establish a Summer of Service Program,
increase the number of
AmeriCorps opportunities and establish a
nationwide Call to Service Campaign.
Stengel was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Annual National
Conference on Citizenship on 17 September 2010. He has also been
presented with the 2010 Lifetime of Idealism Award, awarded to him by
City Year Washington, D.C. for "his commitment to promoting and
expanding opportunities for Americans to serve".
Stengel has authored several books including _January Sun: One Day,
Three Lives, A South African Town_, a non-fiction work about the lives
of three men in rural South Africa, published in 1990 and _You're Too
Kind: A Brief History of Flattery_ a popular history of flattery ,
published in 2000. _Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and
Courage_ was released in March 2010 and is based on Stengel's personal
interactions with Nelson Mandela. The book has drawn praise from
Bill Clinton ,
Deepak Chopra , and Harvard's Henry Louis
Gates, Jr . In 2012, Stengel edited and wrote the lead essay for the
book _The Constitution: The Essential User’s Guide_, which explored
the relevance of the U.S.
Constitution in modern-day events.
The book that Stengel is best known for is his collaboration with
Nelson Mandela on Mandela's autobiography , _Long Walk to Freedom _.
In 1992, he signed a ghostwriting deal with publishers Little, Brown
to work on the book, having first been cleared by the African National
Congress as a suitable author. The book was published in 1995, and
was praised by the _
Financial Times _, which stated: "Their
collaboration produced surely one of the great autobiographies of the
20th century". Stengel later served as co-producer of the 1996
documentary film _Mandela _, which was nominated for an Academy Award
Stengel is married to Mary Pfaff, a native of South Africa. They have
two sons, Gabe and Anton. The couple met while Stengel was in South
Africa working on Nelson Mandela's autobiography, and Mandela was
godfather to their oldest son, Gabriel.
Stengel delivered the commencement address and received honorary
Wittenberg University in 2009, Wheaton College in
Butler University in 2012.
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