American Society of Magazine Editors

Nicholas Thompson


Nicholas Thompson is the editor of, where he oversees and manages the magazine’s fast-growing Web Site. He has been editor of the site since 2012, during which time the number of readers has almost tripled. He is also a contributor for CBS News, a technology contributor at CNN International, and a co-founder of The Atavist, a software company and digital magazine whose investors include Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Andreessen-Horowitz, IAC, and The Founder’s Fund. 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 and “brimming with fascinating revelations” by The New York Times. The Washington Times said it “may be the most important political biography in recent memory.”

Prior to his current position, Mr. Thompson was a senior editor at The New Yorker. He has also been a senior editor at Wired, a senior editor at Legal Affairs and an editor at the Washington Monthly. Stories that he has edited and assigned have won many major awards and been made into films—including Ben Affleck’s Argo.

Mr. Thompson can also be found on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, and Google Plus.