- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
I’m very pleased to announce that Passport has won Media Industry Newsletter’s (min) “Best of the Web” award for 2008 in the blog category. It’s a great honor to have competed against quality offerings like New York magazine’s Vulture, Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch, PC Magazine’s GoodCleanTech, Variety’s Scribe Vibe, and Bravo TV’s expansive roster of blogs. (For more details on the award, check out our press release.)
When FP first launched the blog in April 2006, we had little inkling Passport would become the phenomenon it is today. For that, we have you, our loyal readers, to thank, as well as the many contributors who have written here or ensured that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.
And now I have a task for you, dear readers: What should we do differently in the coming year ahead to stay fresh? Longer posts? Shorter posts? More posts? Fewer posts? More open threads? More interviews and guest posts? More coverage of international sex scandals? What editorial features would you like to see added, changed, or dropped? What topics do you think we should cover more/less?