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Nicholas Thompson

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CEO | The Atlantic

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Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic, is a writer, editor, and occasional guitarist. Previously, Nicholas was Editor in Chief of Wired, Editor of, and a contributor for CBS News. He co-founded both and The Atavist, a National Magazine Award-winning company that was sold to WordPress. He has long been a competitive runner, and in 2021, he set the American record for men 45-plus in the 50K race. He’s currently writing a book on how the mind of a runner works.

About The Atlantic

The Atlantic practices journalism of no party or clique: exploring the American idea since 1857. The magazine features articles in the fields of politics, foreign affairs, business and the economy, culture and the arts, technology, and science and earned the top honor for magazines, General Excellence, at the National Magazine Awards in both 2022 and 2023. The Atlantic’s staff writers have won Pulitzer Prizes each year for the past three years.