Three to leave Gawker
John Koblin isn't the only staffer who'll be leaving Gawker Media at the top of the year. Staff announcements over the last month at Nick Denton's digital media kingdom have been coming thick and fast.
Defamer editor Beejoli Shah, Gawker senior writer Camille Dodero, and Gawker weekend editor Max Rivlin-Nadler are all on the way out.
Defamer, Gawker’s Hollywood-focused gossip blog, shut down in 2009 but was relaunched in June of this year. Shah contributed posts to the site under a pseudonym until August, when she was officially named as editor.
Shah served as sole editor of Defamer until earlier this month, when she was joined by Gawker night editor Lacey Donohue. Donohue will be named the new editor of Defamer next week.
“For the rest of the month, Beejoli and Lacey will tag-team on Defamer as Lacey gets up to speed,” Cook wrote in an email to staff, dated December 2nd. “Starting in the new year, Lacey will take over Defamer full-time.”
“Beejoli will be moving on, though I'm thrilled that she'll continue to write for Defamer and Gawker as a regular contributor,” he added.
Dodero, a former Village Voice reporter who joined Gawker last year, will be leaving to pursue a magazine freelance career. She is best known for her longform reporting. Most recently, she profiled an Oklahoma teenager who was arrested on suspicion of planning a school shooting on the same day as the Sandy Hook massacre.
“She's done some work here that has forever changed what people think this site is capable of--including some of us, who work here every day--and she will be missed,” Cook wrote in a Dec. 17 memo.
Rivlin-Nadler, who also joined Gawker last year, had the unenviable task of aggregating breaking news for the site on the weekends. He will be leaving the site to pursue freelance full-time. Already, he’s contributed pieces to The Nation and The New York Times.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the state where the subject of Camille Dodero's story about a teenager arrested on suspicion of planning a school attack lived.