December 3, 2014 (Washington, D.C.)—Matt Thompson (@mthomps) will join the leadership of TheAtlantic.com as the deputy editor. Thompson will work with the site’s editor J.J. Gould (@jjgould) to help oversee editorial operations and shape strategic development at a time of record audience growth. Coming from NPR—where he has most recently directed news teams covering race, ethnicity, and culture; education; and global health and development—he will start at The Atlantic in the new year.
“Matt is a force,” said Gould. “He’s creative about new media and their emerging potential, he’s serious about journalism as a public good, and he’s super-smart about the requirements of leadership in a digital organization. He’s also just a natural fit for The Atlantic personally. Working with him is going to be a lot of fun.”
At NPR, Thompson started the Code Switch blog, which he oversaw along with several other topic-focused verticals. He previously helped coordinate 12 local websites in conjunction with NPR member stations and coauthored NPR’s ethics handbook. Before going to NPR, Thompson was the deputy web editor for The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and he built and ran The Fresno Bee’s news blog, serving as the paper’s first online reporter. Thompson is the vice-chairman of the board at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit organization for investigative journalism, and in 2011 he cofounded SparkCamp, a regular gathering for a diverse range of people from a cross-section of industries.
Thompson is among a number of editors and writers to join The Atlantic in recent months, including business journalists Bourree Lam (@bourreelam), previously with Freakonomics, Alana Semuels (@alanasemuels), formerly with the Los Angeles Times, and Gillian B. White (@gillianbwhite), most recently with Kiplinger; education editor Alia Wong (@aliaemily), formerly with Civil Beat; science writer Nicholas St. Fleur (@scifleur), who previously reported for Scientific American and NPR; and Lenika Cruz (@lenikacruz), formerly with Circa, covering entertainment.
TheAtlantic.com is an award-winning site, publishing dozens of original pieces daily on politics, business, culture, technology, health, education, and global affairs. It is also the digital home of The Atlantic magazine and Atlantic Video. October and November brought record audiences to the site—the best two months in its history in terms of both unique visitors and page views.