June 25, 2019

Gawker Names Dan Peres as Editor in Chief, Hoping to Breathe Life Back Into Site

Mr. Goldberg said in an interview that the company had hired a law firm to investigate the claims and that its review had “cleared” Ms. Griffith. Mr. Goldberg confirmed that Ms. Griffith would stay on under Mr. Peres.

“I am deeply saddened about the allegations that were brought forth by two former staff members,” Ms. Griffith said Thursday. “With the conclusion of a rigorous and in-depth third-party investigation, I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to work with our new editor in chief, Dan Peres, who I very much admire.”

In 2004, a satirical article in Details titled “Gay or Asian” drew outrage. Mr. Peres apologized at the time, admitting that the story had crossed a line, and stayed on as editor until 2015.

“I regretted it at the time and I regret it still,” Mr. Peres said Thursday. “I remain deeply apologetic. It was tone deaf, juvenile, and offensive.”

Mr. Goldberg said he believed that Mr. Peres, who has a memoir coming out about his career in media and overcoming an addiction to opiates, was a talented editor who would not be daunted by the spotlight that Gawker’s relaunch would inevitably bring.

Founded in the early 2000s as one of Gawker Media’s first two blogs, Gawker.com initially covered news and gossip about New York City media and society.

But Gawker Media’s legal battle against Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, starved the company of cash and resulted in its selling itself to Univision. Gawker eventually settled for $31 million.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/business/media/gawker-editor-dan-peres.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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