Priscilla Painton is the Executive Editor—Nonfiction of Simon & Schuster. Since joining Simon & Schuster, Priscilla has acquired a range of books, including bestselling biographies of Michelle Obama and Ted Kennedy, the history of The Presidents Club, the memoir of an anxiety sufferer, the secret diary of one of the most powerful Communists in China, all of which became bestsellers, as well as books on history, politics, science, religion, economics, and American society. Previously, Painton was deputy managing editor of Time magazine. Painton joined Time in 1989 as a reporter and went on to edit every section of the magazine. She served longest as Time's Nation editor, responsible for all political and domestic news. In that role, she oversaw Time's investigation of campaign-finance scandals, which won a prestigious Goldsmith Investigative Journalism Prize. She also served as Time's executive editor before being appointed deputy managing editor, which made her the highest-ranking woman editor in the magazine's history. Prior to joining Time, Painton worked for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Washington Post, and The Berkshire Eagle, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.