Gizmodo Media Editorial Director Susie Banikarim today announced that Deadspin editor in chief Tim Marchman is joining the editorial executive team to oversee the newsroom’s Special Projects Desk.
“We are living through turbulent and urgent times and the importance of building on GMG’s legacy of exposing hypocrisy, holding the powerful to account and uncovering abuse can not be overstated. I know that Tim’s fearlessness and drive, along with the talents of this newsroom, will help us do that,” she said in making the announcement to staff.
See the full note below:
From: Susie Banikarim
Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017
Subject: News About Special Projects
I am excited to announce that Tim Marchman will be joining the editorial executive team as the Head of Special Projects.
Tim has been the editor in chief of Deadspin since 2015, and at the site since 2013. Previously, he was a staff writer at the New York Sun, an editor at the New York Press, a founder of The Classical, and a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Slate, among other publications.
As those of you who have worked closely with him can attest, he is a natural leader, talented editor and relentless reporter. Under his guidance, Deadspin has done great work, continuously demonstrating its commitment to aggressively pursuing the real stories about sports that others can’t or won’t (for examples see Diana Moskovitz’s excellent piece on why Greg Hardy was arrested for assault, Dave McKenna’s thoughtful story about Jennifer Frey and his own blog about a Hall Of Fame voter who turned his ballot over to Deadspin).
Tim will carry that ethos to his new role, helping the special projects team build on the strong investigative work they’ve done in the past year (see Kashmir Hill’s fantastic stories about how Facebook figures out who you may know, this collaboration with ProPublica about Mar-a-Lago’s security issues and a complete guide to the conspiracy theories of Trumpland). He will also take on the expanded responsibility of working closely with the editors in chief to coordinate and execute ambitious enterprise projects across all sites.
We are living through turbulent and urgent times and the importance of building on GMG’s legacy of exposing hypocrisy, holding the powerful to account and uncovering abuse can not be overstated. I know that Tim’s fearlessness and drive, along with the talents of this newsroom, will help us do that.
I also want to take a moment to thank Keith Summa who has overseen the team during a difficult transitionary period, drawing on his many years as an investigative journalist. Despite his very full slate as the SVP of content and programming for Fusion, he has generously agreed to continue working with us in an advisory role to special projects and as a partner in expanding our efforts across platforms.
Tim will continue to report to me, transitioning to his new position on January 15th. In an effort to make that transition as seamless as possible, we will start the search for a new editor in chief at Deadspin shortly.
Please join me in congratulating Tim!