Founded in 1990 by three leading progressive intellectuals and policy experts – Robert Reich (later Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration), Robert Kuttner and Paul Starr – The American Prospect has evolved over its 15 years from liberalism’s most authoritative policy journal to a full-service liberal monthly, which has added in-depth political and social reporting and cultural commentary to its policy analyses. Recent Prospect articles widely cited in the press include Linda Hirshman’s reappraisal of feminism, Will Bunch’s expose of Republican Senator Rick Santorum’s dubious personal finances, and Mark Goldberg’s story on the butcher of Darfur who’s also a CIA asset. “Tapped,” the Prospect’s blog, is considered among the smartest and most liberal weblogs in the land, featuring such stellar young talents as Garance Franke-Ruta and Matt Yglesias.
In 2001, the magazine moved its editorial operations from Boston to Washington, DC, as Kuttner stepped down from day-to-day editing and Harold Meyerson, moving east from Los Angeles, took the reins. Today, the magazine is edited by former New York Magazine political editor Michael Tomasky, and Meyerson, as editor-at-large, authors a wide range of pieces. In the current April issue, he has a major piece on the problems of the economy in the era of outsourcing, which asks the question: Can America survive American capitalism?
In September, 2009 Atlantic Monthly named Harold Meyerson one of 50 Most Influential Columnists. Calling its list “its all-star team,” Atlantic Monthly’s Top 50 are the most influential commentators in the nation – the columnists and bloggers and broadcast pundits who shape the national debates. Harold Meyerson is honored to be in their midst.
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