Evan Ratliff is a journalist and the author of The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal, a gripping investigative about the 21st century’s most ambitious criminal cartel, and the programming genius behind it. He is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, a two-time Livingston Award finalist, and his feature writing appears in Wired, The New Yorker, andNational Geographic, among other publications.
Formerly he was the co-founder and CEO of Atavist, a media and software company, and the editor in chief of The Atavist Magazine. Under his direction, The Atavist was nominated for nine National Magazine Awards, – winning the first award for feature writing ever given to a digital publication – two Emmys, and numerous other accolades. On the side, he co-hosts the acclaimed Longform Podcast, and is among the co-founders of Pop-Up Magazine, a live magazine featuring true, never-before seen or heard multimedia stories performed on stage by writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and musicians.