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Published on Jul 7, 2011
William Whitworth, longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, was interviewed by The Oxford American's editor and founder, Marc Smirnoff, at the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers on June 22, 2011.
William Whitworth began his career as a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, then moved to the New York Herald Tribune (where he worked alongside Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and Charles Portis). Hired by The New Yorker as a staff writer, Mr. Whitworth became an editor who worked on many of the magazine's most important nonfiction articles. In 1980, he became chief editor of one of the country's most prestigious magazines, The Atlantic Monthly, a position he held for twenty years.
Of Mr. Whitworth, Charles Portis says, "He's an excellent editor; he knows his stuff."