Barton Gellman Joins The Atlantic as Staff Writer

Gellman will focus his early reporting on the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response to the unfolding crisis.

The Atlantic has hired the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Barton Gellman as a staff writer, editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg announced today. Gellman, one of the most esteemed investigative reporters in America, is known in particular for his coverage of national-security issues. He broke the story of the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for The Washington Post, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Gellman, Goldberg said, will focus his early reporting on the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response to the unfolding crisis. “Bart is an astonishingly gifted reporter, and adding him to our formidable roster of talent means that our coverage of the biggest story of our time will only become stronger.” Goldberg added: “As we know from his distinguished career, Bart excels across a wide range of topics, including, of course, national security, surveillance, terrorism, and privacy, and we are excited about publishing great stories from him on these subjects as well.”

Gellman has a long-standing interest in subjects concerning infectious disease. In 2000, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his in-depth reporting on the AIDS crisis. In addition to the Pulitzer awarded for his Snowden reporting, Gellman was part of the Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer in the national-reporting category in 2002, for coverage of the 9/11 attacks. And he was awarded another Pulitzer for stories written with Jo Becker about the work and influence of former Vice President Dick Cheney. His book on Cheney, Angler, was a national best seller. Gellman’s next book, Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, will be published in May by Penguin Press.

Gellman spent more than 20 years at the Post. He covered the Pentagon during the Gulf War and the U.S. intervention in Somalia; served as the paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief; and later served as a diplomatic correspondent. Gellman wrote an eyewitness account from the scene of the World Trade Center attack on September 11. In recent years, he has held positions as a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and a lecturer at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The Atlantic is putting the full weight of its newsroom behind coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The response to this journalism has been dramatic: In March, The Atlantic more than doubled its previous one-month record audience with 87 million unique visitors and more than 168 million pageviews to the site. It also brought in 36,000 new subscribers, even as it led national publishers by making its most vital coronavirus reporting available without a subscription (a collection that is growing steadily).