Gizmodo Media today announced that Aleksander Chan has been named the Editor in Chief of Splinter; he was most recently the site’s Managing Editor. The announcement was made to the newsroom by Gizmodo Media Editorial Director Susie Banikarim, see her note below.
From: Susie Banikarim
Date: Tue, May 1, 2018
Subject: Splinter News
I am thrilled to announce that Aleks Chan has been promoted to editor-in-chief of Splinter.
Aleks has been Splinter’s managing editor since last fall and previously served as a senior editor, overseeing the site’s daily news coverage. As the acting editor-in-chief, he has consistently impressed me with his thoughtful, steady leadership and appreciation of the ridiculous. Exposing hypocrisy is more urgent now than ever and Splinter has risen to the occasion - sharpening its editorial voice and focusing its coverage to post record growth in recent months.
Previously he was part of the team that came over from Fusion digital, where he was the site’s news director. Prior to Fusion, he was a staff writer at Gawker and was the editor-in-chief of Gothamist’s Austin site, Austinist.
Some of his editing work includes an investigation into a Texas cold case involving a witness that was hypnotized by police; reporting on the pervasive culture of harassment against women at The New Republic; a polemic about Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election; and the case against saying “taxpayer money.” He has written extensively about the dramatic saga of Sofia Vergara’s frozen embryos and whether you will be killed by falling air conditioners (you won’t).
Please join me in congratulating him!