Program Recap: At Lunch with Lily Rothman

October 20, 2023
by Rebeca Miller

This program originally aired on October 19th at 12:30pm ET.

Julie Salamon (Author and Journalist) sat down with Lily Rothman, the Managing Editor at TIME. Lily oversees both the print magazine and cross-platform newsroom operations and previously served as the founding editor of TIME’s history section, which tells the stories of what came before today’s news. She also writes for TIME on history, culture, and society — having interviewed John Lewis, Yoko Ono, Madeleine Albright, and Big Bird, among many others — and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Slate. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of Yale, where she studied history, and of the CUNY School of Journalism.

Lily discusses her role at TIME and how she tries to manage a busy newsroom with a sense of calm. She reflects on how the last few years have unfortunately given her a good deal of practice on how to navigate covering difficult situations, and how she has learned to take care of her own mental health. She thanks her mother for modeling what it looked like to be a successful driven woman who also was raising a family. And she thanks her son and husband for being a positive presence. Lily discusses the intersection of her love of history and Jewish identity, and how she connects it back to a childhood experience of playing the Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lily discusses the value of history and sharing stories, both for the lessons that they can teach us but also for the joy they can bring.

Topics covered in this program: News, history of TIME magazine and media, history of the news, working mothers, creative journalism, the future of journalism, burnout, support systems, performing.