Gizmodo Media announced yesterday that Julianne Escobedo Shepherd has been named the new editor-in-chief of Jezebel, taking over for current EIC Koa Beck. Shepherd was most recently the site’s Deputy Editor. Beck will be leaving September 28th to focus on her own personal projects and working on her book. The announcement was made to the newsroom by Gizmodo Media Editorial Director Susie Banikarim, see her note below.
From: Susie Banikarim
Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Subject: Some Jezebel News
I want to share a note Koa sent to the team at Jezebel today. As some of you may have heard by now, she’s leaving at the end of the month to focus on finishing her book. I want to thank Koa for her thoughtful and steady leadership. She took the helm at Jezebel during what could only be described as a tumultuous time with admirable grace and equanimity, meeting the moment with the seriousness it required. The site is better for her many contributions and she leaves it in the hands of the enormously talented team she’s built. We will miss her but I can’t wait to see what her next chapter brings.
I’m excited to announce that Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will take over as the next editor-in-chief of Jezebel. Julianne has worked closely with Koa as deputy editor in the past year and has been an integral part of the site’s leadership and evolution. She has been with Jezebel since 2014, when she joined as the first culture editor.
Julianne has the unique ability to respond to a cultural moment with a perfectly calibrated response, often articulating what others are only beginning to see or understand (some examples: Babe, What Are You Doing?, The Dissonance Of Kate Spade, and Nothing Means Anything). She is all the things that make Jezebel great: fierce, funny, sharp, and willing to blog absolutely ridiculous insanity.
Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Julianne has been writing professionally about culture, politics, and feminism since 1999. She was the executive editor of The FADER from 2008-2010, the founding arts editor of The Portland Mercury, and has served as editor at both MTV and VIBE.
Koa and Julianne will continue to work closely in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in thanking Koa and congratulating Julianne.