Atle is journalist and Director of the Independent Barents Observer.
In 2002, he founded BarentsObserver.com, the online newspaper which from 2005 was hosted by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Atle was editor of BarentsObserver.com until 2009 and later worked as adviser responsible for the Barents Secretariat’s European cross-border cooperation projects. He quit his job in the Secretariat late 2015 and subsequently established the Independent Barents Observer along with Trude Pettersen and Thomas Nilsen.
Atle has a degree in Russian studies from the University of Oslo and studied journalism at the Moscow State University.