Government Executive

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Government Executive
Editor-in-ChiefTanya Ballard Brown
Managing EditorAmelia Gruber
CategoriesDigital publication
PublisherConstance Sayers
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

Government Executive is an American media publication based in Washington, D.C., that covers daily government business for civilians, federal bureaucrats, and military officials.[1] Government Executive is part of GovExec,[2] which is owned by Growth Catalyst Partners.[3]

Government Executive's first issue, published in March 1969, featured a formal portrait of Richard Nixon and the headline: "What Government Can Expect from President Nixon". In 1987, the magazine was acquired by the National Journal Group, which was itself acquired 10 years later by businessman David Bradley.[4] In 1999, Bradley bought The Atlantic Monthly magazine and renamed his company Atlantic Media.[5]

In 2007, Government Executive's information technology reporting was spun off into a new publication: NextGov, which covers technology and the future of government. In 2013, the company founded Defense One, which covers emerging national security issues.[6][7] In 2015, it founded Route Fifty, which covers ideas in state and local government.[8] The four publications, plus an associated events division and the Studio 2G content marketing division,[9] became known as Government Executive Media Group.

In 2020, Atlantic Media sold Government Executive Media Group to Growth Catalyst Partners, a private-equity firm.[10] In 2021, City & State was acquired by Government Executive Media Group. [11]

In 2021, longtime editor-in-chief Tom Shoop stepped down and was replaced by Tanya Ballard Brown, most recently of NPR.[12] Also in 2021, GovExec acquired 1105 Media Inc’s Public Sector 360 Group (including Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology')[13]


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  2. ^ "Introducing Our New Brand Identity". Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  3. ^ Silber, Tony. "Government Executive Media Group Acquired By Private-Equity Firm Growth Catalyst Partners". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  4. ^ "Government Executive 50th". Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  5. ^ "About - Atlantic Media". Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  6. ^ "Atlantic Media takes a page from Quartz with Defense One". Digiday. January 22, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "A look at Defense One, Atlantic Media's new site for the military-industrial complex". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  8. ^ "Route Fifty takes a niche (but jargon-free) approach to covering innovation in local government". Nieman Lab. November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Government Executive Media Group rebrands its content marketing division as Studio 2G".
  10. ^ Silber, Tony. "Government Executive Media Group Acquired By Private-Equity Firm Growth Catalyst Partners". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  11. ^ "DC media group buys NY's City & State, plans expansion". 4 January 2021.
  12. ^ "GovExec Names Tanya Ballard Brown as New Executive Editor of Government Executive, the Company's Flagship Editorial Brand". Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  13. ^ "GovExec Acquires 1105 Media Inc's Public Sector 360 Group". Retrieved 2022-06-03.

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