I’m excited to announce that next month I’ll be joining The Atlantic with the somewhat intimidating title of “Entrepreneur in Residence.” In short, I’ll have the privilege of working for and learning from Atlantic President Scott Havens, Editor James Bennet and their incredible colleagues as we build and launch new journalism projects.
Joining Atlantic Media is both a thrilling and deliberate step for me. As our news media has morphed and remade itself, I’ve become more and more convinced that the important fault line is not between left and right, or fact and opinion, but between those outlets that profit from opening their audiences’ minds and those outlets that profit from closing them. Atlantic Media has shown that an 155-year commitment to curiosity, generosity of spirit and seriousness of purpose can allow an organization to thrive in the digital space if matched by a commitment to building digital brands, teams and products that give it new life and new power. It will be a honor to join that effort.
Leaving FRONTLINE, though, will be hard. In television, this organization stands alone. FRONTLINE’s elegant storytelling and fearless investigative reporting challenge millions of people each week to think more broadly and more deeply. In broadcast and online, FRONTLINE is an amazing champion of accountability, transparency and the power of a story well told.
I am so proud of the team we’ve put together, the reporting we’ve done, the explosive growth we’ve experienced and the experiments we’ve produced. I’ll miss the amazing people I’ve worked for and worked with, and am thankful for what they’ve taught me. I’m excited to see what will come next (and based on what I know now, you should be, too). FRONTLINE has set the bar in television for the last 30 years, and it’s poised to do the same for the next 30.
As a part of this transition, Jessica, Layla and I will be leaving Boston and returning to New York City. It’s been a lovely adventure, but it will be good to be home.