'Wired' Magazine Edited by Obama Goes
October 13, 2016
November issue of Wired, guest edited by President Barack Obama, has
been published online.
Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to edit a major magazine.
Wired, which focuses on the intersection of technology and culture
seemed like a good fit for Obama given his self professed love of tech.
The theme of the November issue is “Frontiers,” reflecting how
technology is influencing many segments of life.
“When Wired asked me to guest-edit the November issue I didn’t
hesitate,” wrote Obama. “I know it’s the height of election season, and
I happen to have a day job that keeps me pretty busy. But given the
chance to immerse myself in the possibility of interplanetary travel or
join a deep-dive conversation on artificial intelligence, I’m going to
say yes. I love this stuff. Always have.”
Wired has been guest edited seven other times, including by tennis star
Serena Williams, movie director James Cameron as well as a joint guest
edit with former president Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill
editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, who took over the magazine in 2012, gave
some insight into what guest editors do and how staff worked with the
“What guest editors do, typically, is tell us who they are and what they
care about,” he wrote. “They point us to ideas and themes and people
that are meaningful to them, and we turn those thoughts into stories.
“So the president told us what it meant to him and gave us leads on
stories and people. We asked our writers for their thoughts, and we came
up with the idea of breaking the issue into the sections you’ll find
within: personal, local, national, and international frontiers — and,
of course, the final one, because it turns out President Obama is a big
Star Trek nerd.”
The November issue of Wired hit newsstands Oct. 25.