Media 2023: JIM VANDEHEI
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, AXIOS MEDIA, ARLINGTON COUNTY
VandeHei began his path to media entrepreneur as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., journalism trenches, first as a congressional and White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal from 2000 to 2003, and then for three years at The Washington Post, where he also covered Congress and the executive branch. He left the Post in 2006 to co-found the Politico news site, for which he served as CEO.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh graduate and self-described proud Wisconsinite made another entrepreneurial leap in 2016 when he co-founded Axios, which launched in 2017 and has come to be known for its “smart brevity” approach to news. Last year, he and fellow Axios co-founders Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz released a book, “Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less,” which strives to “teach readers how to say more with less in virtually any format.”
Also in 2022, Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises acquired Axios for a reported $525 million. VandeHei remains in charge of Axios. Its communications software business, Axios HQ, became an independent company majority-owned by the founders, with Cox as its sole minority investor.