One of the pleasures of editing the Washington Monthly is watching the young editors who train here go on to do great things in journalism. So I’m extremely proud that two of our alums will be walking down the red carpet at the National Magazine Awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis in New York tonight. One is Charlie Homans, executive editor of The Atavist, the fantastic online nonfiction monthly (co-founded by another former WM editor, Nick Thompson). To give you an idea of how hot the The Atavist is, three of its pieces are nominated in various categories. The other alum is John Gravois, deputy editor of Pacific Standard, the smart and beautifully-produced bimonthly print magazine of culture and social science; it’s nominated in the general excellence/Literature, Science and Politics category, and deservedly so.

Fingers crossed, guys.

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Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.