Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic, a position he has held since February 2021. In 2022, The Atlantic earned the top honor for magazines, General Excellence, at the National Magazine Awards; earned its second Pulitzer Prize in as many years; and was named Digiday’s Publisher of the Year. That year the magazine also digitized its archive dating back to 1857, grew its subscriber base faster than any other publication in its category, and increased revenue by 35%. Thompson founded and incubated a new social media platform designed to improve the nature of conversations, which will be launched in 2023.
Previously, Thompson was the Editor-in-chief of WIRED. Under his leadership, WIRED launched a successful paywall and was named one of Ad Age’s A-List digital publishers. It won a National Magazine Award for design and photography, a Loeb award, and numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers. Thompson also wrote many features for the publication, including two cover-story investigations into Facebook that have been cited multiple times in Congress.
Mr. Thompson is also a former contributor to CBS News, where he discussed technology on CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News. He is also a co-founder of The Atavist, a software company and National Magazine Award-winning digital publication that was acquired by WordPress in 2018. His book, “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War,” was published in 2009 and hailed as “brilliant” by The Washington Post. The Washington Times said it “may be the most important political biography in recent memory.”