Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2014)—Margaret Low Smith is joining The Atlantic as its Vice President, and President of AtlanticLIVE, the organization’s events division that creates conversations around pressing issues and ideas. Smith comes to The Atlantic from NPR, where she ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president of news since early 2011; she previously led all programming for NPR. She will join The Atlantic in early September.
“Margaret is a newsroom leader who understands the high editorial and product standards we strive to meet every day,” said Bob Cohn, president and chief operating officer of The Atlantic. “Her many successes at NPR have been the result of her creativity, strategic intelligence, and business rigor. She arrives at AtlanticLIVE during its best year ever—our events are having impact on the national conversation and the division itself is an integral (and growing) part of The Atlantic’s portfolio. Margaret will build on this record, taking LIVE in new and exciting directions.”
In this role, Smith will oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE. The Atlantic produces dozens of large-scale events each year in Washington, D.C. and in cities across the country, from forums on global innovation, to intimate interviews with tech entrepreneurs, to public events based on magazine cover stories. This year, AtlanticLIVE has seen record growth, with a 37 percent increase in revenue in the first half of the year.