Edward Felsenthal (born September 3, 1966) is an American journalist. He is a former editor-in-chief of Time, a biweekly news magazine.[1]

Edward Felsenthal
Felsenthal at World Economic Forum, 2018
Felsenthal at World Economic Forum, 2018
Born (1966-09-03) September 3, 1966 (age 57)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationEditor-in-chief of Time
Alma mater

Early life


Felsenthal was born into a Jewish family on September 3, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended Memphis University School. Felsenthal graduated with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1988 after completing a 149-page long senior thesis titled "The Super Tuesday Strategy: Democratic Response to Transformations in Southern Politics."[2][non-primary source needed] He then received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[3]



Felsenthal began his career at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the US Supreme Court and later became an editor overseeing the Journal's efforts to expand its consumer and lifestyle coverage. He was the founding editor of the "Personal Journal" section, guiding work that led to two Pulitzer Prizes, and later oversaw news strategy and integration of the print and digital teams. He was named Deputy Managing Editor of the Journal in 2005.

In 2008, he worked with Tina Brown to launch The Daily Beast as the first executive editor.[4]

He joined Time in 2013 as Digital Managing Editor, where he led an expansion that established a 24/7 news and video operation. In 2016, he became Group Digital Director for Time Inc., overseeing 12 news and lifestyle sites.[5] He became the 18th editor of Time in September 2017, succeeding Nancy Gibbs.


  1. ^ "Time Magazine Names Edward Felsenthal as Editor in Chief". The Wall Street Journal. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Felsenthal, Edward Henry (1988). The Super Tuesday Strategy: Democratic Response to Transformations in Southern Politics (Senior thesis). Princeton University. Archived from the original on June 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Time magazine names Edward Felsenthal as new editor-in-chief". USA Today. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Editor of Note, Perched Online". The New York Times. October 7, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Time Inc. Reorganizes into 4 Distinct Brand Groups". Adweek. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2016.