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Nicholas Thompson

Editor in Chief

Nicholas Thompson is the editor-in-chief of WIRED, a position he has held since January 2017. Under his leadership, WIRED has launched a successful paywall and been named one of Ad Age's A-List digital publishers. It has also won a National Magazine Award for design and photography, a Loeb award, and a variety of awards from the Society of Publication Designers.

Thompson is a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning and CBSN. He is a cofounder of The Atavist, a National Magazine Award–winning digital publication.

Prior to joining WIRED, Thompson served as editor of from 2012 to 2017. Before The New Yorker, Thompson was a senior editor at WIRED, where he assigned and edited the feature story “The Great Escape,” which was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. In 2009, his book “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War” was published to critical acclaim.

Thompson currently serves on the board of The Stanford Daily, The American Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He was a United States Truman Scholar and graduated from Stanford University.

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Events featuring Nicholas Thompson
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