The Atlantic Announces Plans for 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Atlantic’s Convention HQ to host slate of events in Cleveland and Philadelphia; plus expanded Politics & Policy reporting team

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2016)—The Atlantic is planning a full slate of breakfast-to-evening events and programs at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in July, working out of centrally located spaces in both Cleveland and Philadelphia.

The Atlantic’s Convention HQ will serve as home base for daily newsmaker briefings, lunches, receptions, and other news and topic-drive events. Each venue will also be the hub for The Atlantic’s political reporting team, which will be providing coverage for as well as radio, TV, and moderating live events.

“Our coverage of politics and policy has never been stronger,” said Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic. “Our recent cover story, ‘The Obama Doctrine,’ demonstrates our commitment to explaining how Washington works (and doesn’t), and the conventions give us another opportunity to create great journalism—online, on stage, in print—on national affairs.”

The Atlantic’s conventions presence is part of the publisher’s broader strategic expansion of its political coverage inside Washington and beyond. Earlier this year, launched a fully redesigned Politics & Policy section and 2016 Distilled elections hub, as it grew the size of its political reporting team. Readership of the Politics section of the site has grown more than 160 percent year over year. A newly expanded Washington-focused media sales team and the brand’s event arm, AtlanticLIVE, continue to grow their portfolio to include more programs focused on vital policy debates and issues pivotal to the elections.

A Morning Briefing featuring a panel of newsmakers on topics central to the 2016 elections will kick off The Atlantic’s coverage each day in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Morning Briefing topics in both cities include:

  • The Election in Numbers: A conversation with leading pollsters from each party for a deeper look at the latest polling numbers and how this will inform the route each nominees should take moving past the conventions.

  • Battle for Congress: How will the presidential race impact down ballot Congressional races? The Atlantic will explore the top races for House and Senate seats and how a power shift might play out after election day.

  • How Will They Govern?: What kind of vision, policies and decision making can we expect from the next president? With party leaders and key strategists, a potential look ahead at the next four years of presidential leadership.

  • Road to the White House: Campaign managers and political strategists will draw on their combined experience for a discussion on the issues at play, and the opportunities and challenges facing the respective nominees.

Exclusive luncheons and evening Cocktail Caucuses, featuring one-on-one newsmaker interviews and networking receptions with programs moderated by Atlantic journalists, will round out the daily events. Each venue will also include a workspace and lounge where Atlantic editors, media, and guests will congregate when not on the floor.

The Atlantic’s top political reporters will be on hand to cover the action and serve as moderators at events, including: Washington bureau chief Yoni Appelbaum, staff writer Molly Ball, senior editor Ron Brownstein, Washington editor at large Steve Clemons, national correspondent James Fallows, columnist Ron Fournier, staff writer Conor Friedersdorf, and senior editor Alex Wagner.

Scheduled events, venues, and further details will be released over the coming weeks. The Atlantic has had a presence at the Democratic and Republican national conventions each election cycle since 2004.

The Atlantic’s conventions underwriters include the American Federation of Teachers, American Petroleum Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, Maker’s Mark, All In Together, She Should Run, and Running Start.

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