Atle is journalist and Director of the Independent Barents Observer.
In 2002, he founded the Barents Observer. In the period 2005-2015 it was hosted by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Atle was editor of Barents Observer until 2009 and later worked as journalist and project coordinator for several European cross-border cooperation projects. He quit his job in the Barents Secretariat late 2015 following a conflict over editorial rights and subsequently re-established the Barents Observer as an independent and non-profit stock company along with the rest of the newspaper crew.
Atle has a degree in Russian studies from the University of Oslo and studied journalism at the Moscow State University.