Former Time magazine editor Richard Stengel will soon begin working with the Broadcasting Board of Governors as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. His duties will include representing Secretary of State John Kerry to the BBG.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Rick join us on the Board,” said Chairman Jeff Shell. “He brings with him not only a wealth of experience and expertise in international journalism, but also remarkable dedication to public service.”
By law, the Secretary of State serves as an ex-officio member of the BBG. Representing the secretary on the board traditionally has been a duty of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Stengel was nominated to the position in September 2013 and confirmed by the Senate on February 11.
Stengel has served as the managing editor of Time magazine since 2006, overseeing the magazine, Time.com, Time Books and Time for Kids. Stengel received the News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2012 for Time.com’s Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, on which he served as executive producer. In 2010, he was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Annual National Conference on Citizenship and the 2010 Lifetime of Idealism Award. He has also authored several books, including Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, which has drawn praise from President Bill Clinton, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Deepak Chopra.
From 2004 to 2006, Stengel was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In 2000, Stengel served as a Senior Adviser and Chief Speechwriter for Bill Bradley’s Presidential campaign. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and studied English as a Rhodes Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford.