- 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.
The Washington Post‘s Carlos Lozada may have gotten the jump on the new FP cover story (“Think Again: Bush’s Legacy“) about George W. Bush’s presidency by David Frum, but the entire September/October issue is out now and it’s chock full of really great stuff.
Top to bottom, it’s a really fantastic issue, but some of the main highlights are: “The Secret History of Kim Jong Il,” an inside look at the dark life and times of North Korea’s Dear Leader by his former Russian teacher; “How Economics Can Defeat Corruption,” an innovative look at the scourge of smugglers and other rogues by two extraordinarily creative economists, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel; and “The Deadly World of Fake Drugs,” by Roger Bate of the American Enterprise Institute.
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