The Atlantic Named a Finalist for Three National Magazine Awards


Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.--The Atlantic was named a finalist for the 2013 National Magazine Awards in three categories, it was announced today by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). The magazine was recognized in the categories of Essays and Criticism and Public Interest, and was selected in the Web Site category. The Atlantic has been a finalist more than 100 times and has won 20 "Ellies" in the award's 48-year history.

The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates is a finalist in the category of Essays and Criticism for "Fear of a Black President." Marshaling history, original reporting, memoir, and a fierce but understated moral passion in advance of the 2012 election, Coates outlines the predicament constraining President Obama: wary of coming across as a politically untenable Angry Black Man, he must always strive--as many professional African Americans must--to appear "twice as good."

In the category of Public Interest, Peg Tyre is recognized for "The Writing Revolution," which chronicles the dramatic turnaround of New Dorp, a Staten Island high school that had failed its students for years. Nothing had seemed capable of turning the school around--not firing bad teachers, not flashy technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school's principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing every day, in virtually every class. As Tyre documents, what followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject--a transformation that has made New Dorp a model for national educational reform.

Named a finalist in the Web Site category, is a leading destination for exploring vital ideas through original reporting, insightful analysis, and engaging commentary from widely varying points of view. Covering politics, business, technology, entertainment, health, international affairs, and more, the site uses a range of storytelling forms--text, video, photography, interactive charts, and maps--to bring The Atlantic's long-standing traditions of intelligence, wit, and independent thinking to the fast-moving world of the Web. Beyond the site's daily content and extended projects, editors and writers broadened their engagement on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social-media platforms in 2012, while the entire site was made fully accessible on the iPad, Kindle, and other mobile devices. 

The 2013 National Magazine Awards will be presented on May 2, 2013 in New York City. The full list of finalists is available at:

About The Atlantic
Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about "the American Idea" that would be of "no party or clique," The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site,, and now on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most-critical issues of our times, from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.-based publisher Atlantic Media Company. 

Press Releases

For media inquiries, please contact:

Anna Bross
The Atlantic

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.

Elsewhere on the web


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air