Alexis Madrigal joins Fusion

October 7, 2014

The New York Times

TheAtlantic.com deputy editor Alexis Madrigal will join the Fusion network, as “Silicon Valley bureau chief and the anchor of a television show,” Ravi Somaiya writes for The New York Times.

Mr. Madrigal, 32, will start Nov. 3, he said in an interview on Tuesday, and will cover technology and broader issues “across television, live events and digital,” he said.

Madrigal’s “curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit for us as we build Fusion into a next-generation media company that serves a young, diverse, connected millennial generation,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in a memo to staff, which is below.

Hola Fusion,

I am pleased to announce that Alexis Madrigal is joining Fusion from The Atlantic to be our Silicon Valley Bureau Chief.

Increasingly, we live in a world in which major changes — intellectual, social, political — are channeled through and shaped by the technologies we use. As the leader of our technology coverage across platforms, Alexis will bring his distinctive voice and sharp insight to this evolving landscape. His team will be uniquely focused on the trends shaping the future — from robots to pandemics, they’ll explore how factors including technology, demographics, and science are converging to shape the world ahead.

Alexis is known for exploring the ideas and technologies that animate the Bay Area’s innovation ecosystem. From self-driving cars and alternative energy to artificial intelligence, his work changes the way that we think about our brains, the devices in our pockets, and some of the most powerful companies in the world.

Over the next few months Alexis will lead our efforts to create and expand Fusion’s editorial footprint in the Bay Area. He’ll work with the digital team, create a flagship event in San Francisco, and executive produce and host a new show that will help us understand what living in the future might actually be like.

Alexis has established himself as an influential thinker with his reporting and essays on the mechanics of the Internet, new scientific discoveries, and robots. He comes to us from The Atlantic, where he was senior editor and deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. You may also hear his technology essays on Fresh Air. And before that, he helped build Wired’s science coverage. He is also the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Office for the History of Science and Technology.

Alexis’ curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit for us as we build Fusion into a next-generation media company that serves a young, diverse, connected millennial generation.

Please join me in welcoming Alexis (@AlexisMadrigal) to Fusion.

Isaac​