The Atlantic Announces Reporting Team and Events at Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Marking Largest Presence in its History

The Atlantic’s Convention HQ at Blue Point Grille in Cleveland and Field House in Philadelphia; publisher to partner with CBS News and Refinery29 in both cities

Washington, D.C. (July 7, 2016)—The Atlantic will have its largest presence and devote its most sizable editorial team to producing coverage and events from the Republican and Democratic conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia later this month. Led by its expanded Politics & Policy team, The Atlantic will report on all aspects of the quadrennial nominating events as they play out in both cities. The publisher has also just released its schedule of events for the RNC and DNC, where attendees will gather across more than 20 events featuring The Atlantic’s unmatched insight into each day’s happenings and with the people at the center of the process.

Blue Point Grille in Cleveland and the Field House in Philadelphia will transform into The Atlantic’s Convention HQ—the site of Morning Briefings with newsmakers, topic-driven lunch forums, and evening Cocktail Caucuses featuring programming and networking.

The Atlantic’s Convention HQ will also be a hub for its Politics & Policy reporting team, which will be reporting at and moderating The Atlantic’s events. Attending the RNC will be: Washington bureau chief Yoni Appelbaum, staff writer Molly Ball, contributing editor Peter Beinart, associate editor Russell Berman, senior editor Ron Brownstein, Washington editor at large Steve Clemons, national correspondent James Fallows, columnist Ron Fournier, staff writer Conor Friedersdorf, senior editor David Frum, staff writer David Graham, and senior editor Alex Wagner.

Covering the DNC are: Ball, Beinart, Brownstein, Clemons, Fallows, Fournier, Friedersdorf, and Wagner, along with associate editor Clare Foran, staff writer Vann R. Newkirk III, and contributing writer Norm Ornstein.

CBS News is partnering with The Atlantic in both cities and will have a physical presence in The Atlantic’s Convention HQ, where journalists from both organizations will participate in each other’s events and broadcasts. CBS News and CBSN journalists including “Face the Nation” anchor and political director, John Dickerson, will be reporting from Cleveland and Philadelphia to provide in-depth coverage on the events inside and outside the convention halls impacting this election.

The Atlantic will present two events during each convention about the critical influence of women voters and candidates in this election. The Atlantic and Refinery29, the leading digital media company for millennial-minded women, are teaming up to co-host “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?,” themed events on July 19 in Cleveland and July 26 in Philadelphia exploring the power of millennial women at the ballot box. “Pathways to Power: An Atlantic Forum on Women in Politics,” underwritten by Running Start, She Should Run, and All in Together on July 21 in Cleveland and July 28 in Philadelphia, will explore avenues to inspire young women to build a career in politics.

In Cleveland and Philadelphia, Morning Briefing events will set the day’s tone, with newsmaker panels tracking how national politics will impact down-ballot Congressional seats; leading pollsters on what the latest numbers reveal; a deep-dive with party leaders and strategists into how the presidential candidates will govern; and detailed accounts of the major issues and opportunities at play on the road to the White House. Forums across the two weeks will tackle energy and the environment; the challenges facing the criminal justice system; equity in education; and the future of Alzheimer's care and research.

Speakers confirmed to take part in The Atlantic’s RNC events include Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cole (R-OK), Greg Walden (R-OR), and Bill Johnson (R-OH), RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh, and former Kasich advisor John Weaver.

At the DNC, The Atlantic will interview Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, among many others.  Political strategists David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter will also participate.

More information about The Atlantic’s events and where to sign up to receive updates and invitations is available at For interviews with Atlantic journalists or other media requests, please contact Anna Bross ( or Sydney Simon (

The Atlantic’s conventions presence is part of the publisher’s 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 publisher’s event arm, AtlanticLIVE, continue to grow their portfolio to include more programs focused on vital policy debates and issues pivotal to the elections.