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All Things Considered ran a segment yesterday on Yoni's transition from commenter to correspondent here at The Atlantic. I can't tell you how proud this makes me. 


I had the luxury of sitting with David Blight last week for coffee. He graciously indulged all my questions for two hours. I tried to explain to him what happens here. The main point I made was that while I set the tone and the agenda, I am not the teacher. 

I learn so much from you guys. (All you need do is look at this for instance.) I pointed out that it was comments on the internet that brought me to David. Very few journalists get this sort of privilege. But this is journalism as I've always known it--not simply presiding as an expert, but learning from the crowd. From the horde.

On that point I'd really like to thank Yoni for his participation. I'd also like to thank Atlantic Media, but specifically, my editors Bob Cohn and James Bennet for letting me roam. When I got here we had a skeleton web cast. I said: "What am I supposed to talk about?" They said: "Anything." We've been in love ever since.

Forgive the earnestness guys. You know my story. Being at The Atlantic is one thing. But watching Yoni attract this sort of note is another world. This is--by far--the most dynamic job I've ever had in my life. Every day there's something new. I have no idea where this ends.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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