Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2016)—Journalist and former broadcast anchor Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor. She will write for The Atlantic, moderate events with AtlanticLIVE, and help to develop video and TV projects with The Atlantic Studios.
Wagner begins her role with The Atlantic this weekend. On Saturday morning, Wagner and Steve Clemons, The Atlantic’s Washington editor at large, will moderate “Unfinished Revolution: Women, Fairness & Power,” an Atlantic Media event about the future of feminism with Hope Solo, Connie Britton, and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Shelley Moore Capito. The breakfast is among Atlantic Media’s events during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend.
“Alex embodies The Atlantic’s commitment to smart and lively journalism in both traditional and emerging spaces,” said Bob Cohn, president and COO of The Atlantic. “With her wide range of editorial experience and her knowledge of politics, entertainment, and social issues, she’ll be an asset across our platforms.”
“The Atlantic is home to some of the most engaging, provocative and intelligent analysis about the world in which we live,” said Wagner. “I can’t wait to join the team.”
In this new role, Wagner will write articles for both the magazine and website, drawing upon her decade of experience in both print and digital journalism. As host of MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated “NOW with Alex Wagner” and as a reporter for Huffington Post and Politics Daily, Wagner covered politics and national affairs—experience that will be especially relevant during the presidential campaign.
Wagner will participate in many of AtlanticLIVE’s most prominent events, including the upcoming Education Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 17-18, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute, in late June and early July in Aspen, CO. AtlanticLIVE is producing a series of events at both national nominating conventions this summer, which Wagner will be involved in, and expanding its signature Washington Ideas Forum—the preeminent annual gathering of influential people and ideas of consequence—to span an entire week in late September.
Wagner will also work with The Atlantic Studios to help develop projects for TV and web. The Atlantic Studios produces documentaries, hosted series, and animations in collaboration with The Atlantic’s journalists.
At MSNBC, Wagner was a frequent guest host on prime time programs “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” She has also been a guest correspondent on Showtime’s “The Circus: The Greatest Political Show on Earth.”
Before joining MSNBC, Wagner was a reporter with Huffington Post, the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, and the editor in chief of Fader magazine. From 2007-2009 she was executive director of the advocacy and grant-making non-profit Not on Our Watch founded by actors George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Don Cheadle.