NPR’s Matt Thompson Named Deputy Editor of The Atlantic.com

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.07.48 AMNPR’s Matt Thompson is heading over to TheAtlantic.com where he will serve as deputy editor and help oversee editorial operations and strategic development,  J.J. Gould, the site’s editor, announced today.

Thompson is currently NPR’s director of vertical initiatives. He started the Code Switch blog and is in charge of a number of other verticals. He’s also a board member at the Center for Public Integrity, and an adjunct faculty member at American University.He’ll start work at The Atlantic in January.

“Matt is a force,” Gould said in a statement. “He’s creative about new media and their emerging potential, he’s serious about journalism as a public good, and he’s super-smart about the requirements of leadership in a digital organization. He’s also just a natural fit for The Atlantic personally. Working with him is going to be a lot of fun.”