The Daily’s ‘nicely dressed’ Mike Nizza is named editor of Esquire Digital

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Another member of The Daily's editorial team has landed on his feet as News Corp. prepares to shut down the ambitiously conceived but ultimately short-lived tablet publication.

Mike Nizza, who's been The Daily's managing editor for news since it launched less than two years ago, has been named editor of Esquire Digital.

That makes him the third senior employee to find a new job since The Daily became a casualty last Monday of News Corp.'s plans to split its assets into separate publishing and entertainment companies. Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo and veteran gossip columnist Richard Johnson are both headed back to sister title the New York Post.

Esquire editor David Granger offered praise for Nizza, who previously worked at AOL and The New York Times, in a press release circulated this morning.

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“I can’t wait to work with Mike,” he is quoted as saying in the release. “He has taught established media companies how to translate what they do for the Internet and he’s been a pioneer at the juncture of journalism and technology. He’s also very nicely dressed.”

You can read the full announcement below:

David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire, announced today that Mike Nizza has been named editor, Esquire digital. Nizza, whose career has been spent on the frontiers of digital media, was most recently the managing editor/news at The Daily. Nizza will join Esquire on January 2 and will report to Granger.

In his new role at Esquire, Nizza will be responsible for both the long-term strategy and the day-to-day editorial of Esquire.com. The site had the best year in its history, with more than seven million unique visitors and 40 million page views in October alone. In 2012, The Style Blog added 62% more monthly visitors and The Politics Blog saw growth of more than 400%.

Nizza will also work closely with Granger and the editorial staff on all of the brand’s digital forms of expression, including apps for tablets and smartphones.

“I can’t wait to work with Mike,” Granger said. “He has taught established media companies how to translate what they do for the Internet and he’s been a pioneer at the juncture of journalism and technology. He’s also very nicely dressed.”

Nizza joins Esquire from The Daily, where he helped build the product and its editorial mission from the ground up. Nizza ran the entire original-reporting operation, including editing stories, coordinating video coverage for story packages, and collaborating on design and production.

From 2009 to 2010, Nizza rose from deputy editor to editor-in-chief of AOL News, where he relaunched the site as an original-content destination staffed by experienced editors and reporters. The new site’s hallmark was tenacious coverage of the day’s biggest news through a combination of reporting, analysis and blogging.

In 2008, as co-director and senior editor at Atlantic Media Company’s Innovation Center, Nizza helped overhaul the company’s stable of web sites and developed new digital products, including The Atlantic Wire, the highly successful site that translates The Atlantic’s long-lead, long-form voice into a real-time news source.

Prior to The Atlantic, he was a member of the staff that guided The New York Times from print stalwart to Web giant. He also penned The Lede, the Times’ breaking-news blog, providing real-time coverage on banner news days and writing hundreds of articles on everything from foreign affairs and politics to technology and music.

Esquire (www.esquire.com), published by Hearst Magazines, is the most-honored monthly magazine in America. Over the past 15 years, it has won a total of 16 National Magazine Awards. Its Web site and e-reader applications have been similarly honored—Esquire won the first-ever National Magazine Award for iPad applications. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Esquire publishes 25 editions around the world. Follow Esquire on Twitter at @Esquiremag.