The Atlantic Wins Two National Magazine Awards

Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. (May 2, 2013)--The Atlantic won two National Magazine Awards, it was announced tonight by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates won in the Essays and Criticism category and was selected best Web site.

"I'm so happy for Ta-Nehisi and the entire team at The Atlantic. It's wonderful to be recognized by our peers for excellence in one of our oldest journalistic forms, the essay, and one of our newest--the work we do every day on," said M. Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic.

Coates was honored in the Essays and Criticism category for "Fear of a Black President," published in the September 2012 issue. 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."

Named best Web site, 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. Year to date, traffic to is up 36 percent, and the site just closed out April with more than 16.1 million monthly unique visitors, an all-time high. 

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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.