Government Executive

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 Government Executive Media Group, which is owned by Growth Catalyst Partners.[2]

Government Executive
Editor-in-ChiefTom Shoop
Deputy EditorKatherine McIntire Peters
CategoriesDigital publication
PublisherConstance Sayers
Year founded1969
CompanyGovernment Executive Media Group
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

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.[3] In 1999, Bradley bought The Atlantic Monthly magazine and renamed his company Atlantic Media.[4]

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.[5][6] In 2015, it founded Route Fifty, which covers ideas in state and local government.[7] The four publications, plus an associated events division and the Studio 2G content marketing division,[8] became known as Government Executive Media Group.

In March 2020, Bradley sold Government Executive Media Group for an undisclosed sum to Growth Catalyst Partners, a middle-market private-equity firm formed in 2017.[2]

In December 2020, Government Executive Media Group acquired The Atlas for Cities, which TechCrunch described as a "market intelligence platform connecting tech companies with state and local governments."[9]

In January 2021, the company acquired City & State, a local news organization based in New York and Pennsylvania.[10]

As of 2021, Government Executive Media Group is led by Constance Sayers, its president and publisher, and Tim Hartman, its chief executive officer. Its publications are led by Tom Shoop, the organization's vice president and editor-in-chief, and Katherine McIntire Peters, the deputy editor.


  1. ^ "Trump Bump grows, as 'Government Executive' exploits the journalism of change". Politico. February 8, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Silber, Tony. "Government Executive Media Group Acquired By Private-Equity Firm Growth Catalyst Partners". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  3. ^ "Government Executive 50th". Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  4. ^ "About - Atlantic Media". Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  5. ^ "Atlantic Media takes a page from Quartz with Defense One". Digiday. January 22, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "A look at Defense One, Atlantic Media's new site for the military-industrial complex". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  7. ^ "Route Fifty takes a niche (but jargon-free) approach to covering innovation in local government". Nieman Lab. November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Government Executive Media Group rebrands its content marketing division as Studio 2G".
  9. ^ "Govtech intelligence platform, The Atlas for Cities, bought by Government Executive Media Group". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  10. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (2021-01-04). "DC media group buys NY publication City & State, plans expansion". New York Post. Retrieved 2021-04-29.

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