Gilbert, who was born and raised in the Bronx, began his career as a reporter at the Tuscaloosa News in Alabama, before moving to Entertainment Weekly as an editorial assistant in the books department and later to Time and New magazines. York. He came to The Times seven years ago as TV editor and was soon asked to help launch Watching. Watching expanded the scope of service journalism at The Times. A promotion to editor-in-chief of Culture soon followed.
But books are Gilbert’s first love, because anyone who has listened to him talk about them on NYT Audio, read his brilliant exegesis of the inescapable Stephen King, or follows him on Twitter may have suspected. He has been a lifelong avid reader with deeply Catholic tastes. We are thrilled to see him soar in this new role.
Since the departure of Pamela Paul in March, our colleagues from Books, led by John Williams, Tina Jordan and Juliana Barbassa, have continued to produce brilliant reporting day after day. We are grateful for their hard and hard work, and excited about the future of the department under Gilbert’s leadership.
As for Culture, the search for a new publisher begins now. Sia Michel, who has edited, among other things, the work of the last two Pulitzer Prize winners in criticism, will act as interim editor.
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