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Senior Pentagon Reporter

The Atlantic is seeking a Pentagon reporter with extensive experience covering the U.S. military in Washington and abroad. The ideal candidate for this staff writer position must be able to report deeply, write with flair and precision, and find stories that resonate with The Atlantic’s readers about defense policy, the tactics and strategy of global conflict, and military power in Washington as played out at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, in the executive-branch agencies, and beyond.

This reporter must embrace productivity across the digital media, where speed and quality are crucial. This person must also possess a hunger to break news and conceptual scoops. At the same time, the ideal candidate should excel at long-form magazine prose. Finally, this reporter must be collegial and able to work in a cooperative, trusting way with fellow reporters and editors. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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