Alex Pareene to join Matt Taibbi at First Look Media

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Alex Pareene will join Matt Taibbi's in-development publication at First Look Media, the Pierre Omidyar–backed news organization, Capital has learned.

Taibbi declined to comment on the hire when reached on the phone this afternoon. Pareene did not respond to email requests for comment.

UPDATE: In a statement Tuesday, First Look said Pareene will be the site's executive editor and oversee its political content.

Since 2010, Pareene has been a political blogger at Salon's War Room blog. Prior to that, he spent five years at Gawker Media, starting out at Wonkette before moving over to the company's namesake flagship.

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Taibbi left Rolling Stone after 10 years as a contributing editor in February to start a digital magazine at First Look that will focus on the U.S. financial system and politics.

When it launches, the still unnamed publication will be First Look's second vertical. The company has already soft launched The Intercept, a digital magazine helmed by former Gawker editor John Cook that has thus far focused on reporting out the secret N.S.A. documents whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked to its founders, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.