Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2016)—Jeffrey Goldberg is The Atlantic’s new editor in chief, The Atlantic President Bob Cohn announced today. As the media company’s fourteenth top editor since its founding nearly 160 years ago, Goldberg assumes the role as The Atlantic continues a surge of record growth in audience, revenue, and staff. In his new position, Goldberg will oversee editorial in print, digital, and video, while also providing guidance and counsel to the editorial teams at CityLab and the company’s events division, AtlanticLIVE. He replaces James Bennet, who left the company this spring for The New York Times; his appointment goes into effect immediately, and he will report to Cohn.
“Jeff's career as a reporter, writer, and commentator exemplifies Atlantic editorial values: he’s smart, creative, resourceful, and iconoclastic—and has a sense of humor to go with his core commitment to fairness and integrity,” said Cohn. “He takes over as editor in chief at a time when our digital and video teams are reaching more people and having more impact than ever before, and when the magazine cover is rightly seen by many as the most valuable real estate in American journalism.”
In a memo to The Atlantic staff this morning, Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley wrote of Goldberg’s appointment: “In the world of modern media, The Atlantic needs to be a run-away success online, on social media, in video and in live events. Jeff’s assignment is to make The Atlantic an unequaled talent destination for all our editorial disciplines. It is talent, not format, that has drawn us to Jeff.”