Bob Cohn

  • Fall 2019

Bob Cohn is the president of The Atlantic, responsible for editorial, revenue, operations, and technology across all its media platforms: print, digital, video, audio, events, and consulting. As president, he has led The Atlantic to record heights in revenues, profits, and audience size, while maintaining a steadfast focus on editorial excellence, product innovation, and institutional transformation. In 2018, Cohn was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Adweek. In 2017, he led the executive team that sold a majority of The Atlantic to Emerson Collective.

Cohn became president in 2014 after five years as digital editorial director of The Atlantic, where he built and managed teams at TheAtlantic.com, CityLab, and The Atlantic Wire. Under his leadership, TheAtlantic.com won a National Magazine Award for Best Website in 2013. During these years, The Atlantic was recognized for its transformation from a 150-year-old magazine to a multi-platform, digital-first publishing company.

Prior to joining The Atlantic, Cohn worked for eight years as the executive editor of Wired, where he helped the magazine find a mainstream following and earn a national reputation. During the dot-com boom, he was the executive editor of The Industry Standard, a newsweekly covering the Internet economy. In the late 1990s, he served as editor and publisher of Stanford magazine. He began his journalism career at Newsweek, where for 10 years he was a correspondent in the Washington bureau, at various times covering the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Clinton White House.

During Cohn’s tenure at Wired, the magazine was nominated for 11 National Magazine Awards and won six, including honors for General Excellence in 2005, 2007, and 2009. As a writer, Cohn won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for coverage of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation process. Since joining The Atlantic, he was named a “Game Changer in Media” by The Huffington Post, a “Behind-the Scenes Mover and Shaker” by Washingtonian, and to GQ’s list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Washington.

A graduate of Stanford, Cohn has a Masters in Legal Studies from Yale Law School. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife, Sharon Dennis, and two grown daughters, who are sometimes at home.