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Richard Stengel is the managing editor of Time. com. Until March of this year, he was senior adviser and chief speechwriter for presidential candidate Bill Bradley. Before joining the campaign, Mr. Stengel was a Senior Editor at Time Magazine.

He is the author of January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, a South African Town (Simon & Schuster, 1990), which was one of People Magazine's Ten Best Books of 1990. He also collaborated with South African President Nelson Mandela on the latter's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom (Little, Brown & Co., 1994), which was an international best-seller. Mr. Stengel was the Associate Producer on "Mandela," the Oscar-nominated documentary produced by Jonathan Demme.

In addition to his work for Time, Mr. Stengel has been a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New Republic and has written as well for the New York Times, GQ, and New York Magazine. Mr. Stengel was one of the original on-air Contributors to MSNBC and still writes a regular column for MSNBC.com. In addition to appearances on MSNBC, he has been a guest on the Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and the Charlie Rose Show.

In 1999, he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University teaching a course on politics and the press.

Richard Stengel was born in New York City, attended Princeton University, and studied English literature at Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Richard Stengel lives in New York city with his wife and son.