Washington, D.C. (July 8, 2014)—Alexis Madrigal, who has covered science and technology for The Atlantic since 2010, has been named deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. In this newly created role, Madrigal will work closely with the site’s editor J.J. Gould on the direction, execution, and daily coverage of the growing news and cultural destination. Madrigal will also oversee social media and The Atlantic’s newsletter strategy, drawing experience from his own daily email, 5 Intriguing Things.
This news was joined by the announcement of several promotions and hires across the site.
“As valuable as Alexis has been to The Atlantic as a writer and editor, he’s also played a major part in helping shape our digital culture generally,” said Gould in announcing Madrigal’s new role. “This new job recognizes his leadership around here as much as enables it.”
Madrigal has been a senior editor at The Atlantic, overseeing the Technology Channel and writing on topics ranging from robotics to big data to digital privacy and new fatherhood. He frequently moderates interviews and events for AtlanticLIVE, and contributes regularly on technology to NPR’s Fresh Air With Terry Gross. Before joining The Atlantic, Madrigal co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment, and helped develop Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. Madrigal is the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. He lives in Oakland, California, and is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society.
Madrigal joins Gould in overseeing the staff of writers and editors at TheAtlantic.com who contribute to the site’s 10 robust channels. Leading the hires and promotions announced today is senior editor Dr. James Hamblin, who previously led the Health Channel, and now will devote more time to writing for the site and the magazine, and to making video. Hamblin stars in The Atlantic’s hit video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, which has explored the dangers of sad desk lunches, multitasking, and “computer vision syndrome.” Under executive producer Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Atlantic Video has been expanding its audience, ambition, and original content; the channel set a new traffic record in June 2014, and video plays have tripled since June 2012.
With Hamblin’s changing role, Julie Beck will be the new editor of the Health Channel. Beck has been covering health as an associate editor since 2013. The Global Channel, edited by Uri Friedman, will next week welcome Kathy Gilsinan as an associate editor, who joins The Atlantic from World Politics Review.
TheAtlantic.com is the award-winning flagship digital property of The Atlantic, home to the magazine and ten topical channels. The audience to the site has grown by nearly 60 percent year over year since June 2012. In Spring 2014, TheAtlantic.com closed its strongest-ever quarter, capped off by the best month of traffic in the history of the site.
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