The Awl hires Matt Buchanan from The New Yorker, John Herrman from Buzzfeed

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Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed, respectively, to work for The Awl, Capital has confirmed.

The pair worked together at FWD, Buzzfeed's tech vertical, before Buchanan left to become deputy editor of The New Yorker's online science and tech vertical. Herrman rose to fill his position as Buzzfeed's tech editor. Buzzfeed employees were informed of Herrman's departure in a memo sent this evening.

The Awl has been conducting a search for an editor in chief. Last week, Choire Sicha, co-founder of the site with Alex Balk, hinted to Capital that an announcement was coming soon about the position.

And earlier today, The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson tweeted that newyorker.com was seeking "another great science & technology editor."

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It was not immediately clear what positions Buchanan and Herrman would take at The Awl, but one source said the understanding is that they will be editors at the site.

UPDATE, 10:05 A.M.: A post on The Awl confirms that Buchanan and Herrman will run the site, while co-founders Balk and Sicha continue to write and run the business with publisher John Shankman. Read more here: http://goo.gl/qxQcnr