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Jess Cagle


Editor in Chief, PEOPLE
Jess Cagle is Editor in Chief of PEOPLE and Editorial Director of Meredith Corporation’s Entertainment Group, which includes PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, and People en Espanol. Cagle oversees editorial content across all platforms—print, digital, social and video—reaching a combined audience of more than 150 million. He is also the host of “The Jess Cagle Interview;” a video series featuring his revealing interviews with major stars, which airs on all platforms of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly. “The Jess Cagle Interview” is also a weekly show on SiriusXM’s EW Radio channel. He is a regular co-host on ABC’s Academy Awards red-carpet pre-show, and makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America, Today and many entertainment news programs.

Cagle’s day to day focus is PEOPLE, the iconic multi-media brand that remains the world’s most popular celebrity weekly and was ranked Hottest Celebrity/Entertainment Magazine for six consecutive years by Adweek’s Hot List. Since Cagle assumed the role of Editor In Chief in 2014, PEOPLE has seen dramatic growth in digital traffic, video streams, and social reach, and the magazine’s newsstand unit share is 23 percent higher than the two closest competitors combined -- and by far the largest in its category.

Cagle joined Time Inc. in 1987 as a reporter for PEOPLE. In 1990, he helped launch Entertainment Weekly, where he played a key role in defining the brand's voice. He covered the entertainment industry as a Senior Editor at Time from 2000 to 2002 and returned to PEOPLE to oversee showbiz coverage from 2002 to 2009. In the course of his career, Cagle has interviewed every major celebrity, including Barack and Michelle Obama, and has secured numerous exclusives and interviews from the biggest names in Hollywood including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Taylor, and Tom Cruise.

Jess Cagle lives in New York City. He was born in Texas and is a graduate of Baylor University.

Speaking in:

Tuesday Jan 15
3:45 - 4:45 PM
Qualtrics Theatre, Level 1

Please note, this session is only open to pen and paper members of press. No recording is allowed.


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