Joel Johnson named Gawker Media editorial director

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Joel Johnson, founding editor of Kotaku, Gizmodo and The Consumerist, has been named editorial director of Gawker Media, Nick Denton told staff in a memo Wednesday.

Johnson, currently an editor-at-large at Gawker and contributing editor at The Wirecutter, will report for duty in January. The position has been unfilled since the respective departures of Lockhart Steele (2007) and Noah Robischon from Gawker.

Here's Denton's full memo to the staff:

A quick bulletin for those out of the office. Joel Johnson -- former editor of Gizmodo and Kotaku -- is coming back to the editorial department. He'll be the editorial director, the position that has been unfilled since Lockhart Steele and Noah Robischon. Joel starts in the new year. More details to come!

-- Peter Sterne contributed reporting to this story