Fellows & Editors


Evan Ratliff

Fellows Fall 2004
Freelance print

Evan Ratliff is the co-founder, CEO, and editor of Atavist, a media and software company that produces a digital storytelling platform and an award-winning magazine and e-singles publishing arm, The Atavist.

Evan is also an award-winning journalist whose writing appears in Wired, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and other publications. He is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World (HarperCollins, 2005), about innovation and counterterrorism. A former fellow at the International Reporting Project and the Japan Foreign Press Center, he has reported from Russia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Brazil, and elsewhere on science and technology, terrorism, and transnational crime. His 2009 story “Vanish,” about his attempt to disappear and the public’s effort to find him, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and he has been a finalist twice more, as a writer and an editor. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best of Technology Writing 2006 and 2010, The Best American Magazine Writing 2010, The Best American Nonrequired Writing 2010, and The Best American Science Writing 2012.

On the side, Evan also serves as the story editor for Pop-Up Magazine, the world’s first live magazine.

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