Gawker editor-in-chief Remy Stern is stepping down, and Gawker is replacing him with Deadspin’s AJ Daulerio.
Daulerio had been looking for outside opportunities before the promotion, the New York Observer reports. “The site was basically at the place where I was going to want it to be,” he told the Observer, so he had been ready to move on.
Stern will be consulting for Gawker Media and helping with “new editorial initiatives,” according to a memo from Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton.
“It’s not as if Gawker in crisis,” the memo also said. “But we need to release the full potential of the site’s excellent roster of writers — and fill out the team with new hires. AJ has proven himself as both developer and recruiter of editorial talent. That’s what the site needs right now. Hence the switch.”
Daulerio’s spot at Deadspin will be filled by deputy editor Tommy Craggs.