It was announced today that Megan Greenwell has been named editor-in-chief of Deadspin.
Most recently, Megan was executive features editor at Esquire, where she oversaw the magazine’s fledgling digital narrative journalism program. She previously held senior roles at ESPN, New York, and The Washington Post.
“I have been a fan of Deadspin since its earliest days, so it is a tremendous honor to lead its next chapter. Though many have tried, no one has replicated the site’s unique voice and perspective, and I am so excited to oversee an ever more ambitious use of that one-of-a-kind platform to cover sports topics from the serious to the silly.”
— Greenwell told The Hollywood Reproter
Megan will serve as the site’s fifth editor-in-chief. She steps into the role previously held by Tim Marchman, who was promoted to Gizmodo Media’s executive edit team late last year to serve as Head of Special Projects.
The announcement was made by Gizmodo Media’s Editorial Director Susie Banikarim, see her note to staff below:
From: Susie Banikarim
Date: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 12:27 PM
Subject: Introducing New Deadspin EIC
I am excited to announce that Megan Greenwell will be joining us as the next editor-in-chief of Deadspin.
Megan is a true storyteller with brilliant ideas and a long track record of amplifying unique and diverse voices. She comes to GMG with deep and varied journalism experience and a career built on doing what Deadspin already does better than anyone else in sports: telling stories others can’t or won’t. She has consistently impressed me with her passion for the site, its history and its future.
She was most recently the executive features editor at Esquire, where she oversaw the magazine’s digital narrative journalism program. She has also helped launch a digital features program for New York magazine’s The Cut, edited investigations and narratives for ESPN, covered the war in Iraq from Baghdad, and written for The New York Times, Wired, California Sunday, and many other publications. Projects she edited have been nominated for a National Magazine Award and a GLAAD Media Award, and she was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Some of her editing work includes this piece about the complicated ethics of anti-pedophile vigilantes, the first national profile of the unofficial leader of the Christian left Rev. William Barber, and a definitive feature on the now famous case of the teenager charged for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in thousands of text messages. She also oversaw ESPN’s first foray into e-sports coverage, overseeing a special issue of the magazine focused on the topic and featuring this profile of League of Legends star Faker.
Megan is a co-director of the Princeton Summer Journalism Program for low-income high school students. She is a California native and a long-suffering fan of the Oakland A’s and Raiders, Portland Trail Blazers, and Kentucky Wildcats.
Please join me in welcoming her to GMG!