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.