Good News for The Atlantic

The NY Times this morning has a nice story about a more-than-nice development for our magazine: significant profits for The Atlantic in 2010, a year that has been very tough for journalism as a whole.

At a company-wide meeting on Friday to announce the results, David Bradley, our owner and chairman, asked how many people had been with the company for a year or less. It seemed to me that a hearteningly large number of hands -- not quite half the total crowd, but in that ballpark -- went up, from young recruits to our business and web and events and editorial teams. I have been with the magazine a lot longer than that, joining not in the past year nor the past decade but as a young recruit myself back when Jimmy Carter (!) was still in the White House.

The magazine has had a lot to be proud of editorially in that time, and it has known business success at other points in its 153-year history. It was flush enough in the 1950s to publish a 70-page special supplement -- on Burma! But in my long time with the magazine, this is by far the best business news we've had. It makes everything else easier. Congratulations to all my colleagues in different parts of the magazine, who really do work as a team  -- including Bob Cohn, whom I mention (as I could many other people) because he came from Wired to head our online edition but was not in the NYT piece. And thanks to all in our extended community -- readers, cherished subscribers, advertisers, sponsors and attendees at our "Ideas" conferences, visitors to and commenters at our web site, and all who have given The Atlantic and its work part of your attention and your business. We are grateful.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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