It was announced today that Koa Beck is joining FMG as the next editor-in-chief of Jezebel. The announcement was made by Gizmodo Media’s Editorial Director Susie Banikarim, see her note to staff below.
Koa most recently served as the Executive Editor of Vogue.com and was previously the Senior Features Editor at MarieClaire.com.
“To be at the helm of the enterprise at which I first read the words ‘rape culture’ and ‘fat shaming’ on the internet is very meaningful to me... And I have high hopes of where I can take that legacy in a Trump administration, in which so many rights of the marginalized are now being actively eroded”
- Beck told The New York Times.
From: Susie Banikarim
Date: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Introducing Next Jezebel EIC
I am thrilled to announce that Koa Beck will be joining us as the next editor-in-chief of Jezebel.
Koa comes to GMG with extensive digital newsroom experience. She was most recently the executive editor of Vogue.com, where she oversaw daily operations and editorial strategy across all verticals. Previously, she was the senior features editor at MarieClaire.com, where she edited all long-form and investigative content for the site. Her reporting has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Observer, Salon, The Guardian, and Esquire.com, among other publications.
Some of her work includes this important story on the unspoken prevalence of same-sex sexual assault among queer women, an early piece on the growing influence and powerful gender-pushing of #BeautyBoys on Instagram, and this feature on the international maternal regret movement. She also commissioned and edited MarieClaire.com’s award-winning 10-part package “Women and Guns: The Conflicted, Dangerous, and Empowering Truth,” with contributions from Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, and helped execute Vogue’s sprawling 125th anniversary portfolio, “American Women.”
Koa is a thoughtful leader with a sense of deep urgency about this particular moment in American history and culture. In our many conversations, I’ve been impressed by her intellectual curiosity and passion for storytelling. She’s talked extensively about how much Jezebel has influenced her journalism and how excited she is to build on its important history. As we celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary, I know that she will carry that legacy forward while bringing her unique and fresh perspective.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team: Emma Carmichael, for her outstanding leadership over the past three years, as well as Kate Dries, the editors and the entire team at Jezebel for all their hard work. They have worked tirelessly these past few months to keep the site sharp and engaging.
Please join me in welcoming Koa.
Gizmodo Media’s collection of sites–which includes Deadspin, Earther, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, The Root, and Splinter–along with The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole, are part of the Fusion Media Group’s (FMG) digital network, which serves over 100M million reader each month according to comScore. FMG extends across a range of platforms with the FUSION cable network as well as its long-form development and production units Story House Entertainment and Onion Studios.