Groupon loses managing editor to Sun-Times parent Wrapports

Brandon Copple, who left Crain’s to join Groupon as managing editor in 2010, has been hired by Sun-Times owner Wrapports to oversee a new venture that will create sports and business media products. “Copple also will lead the development of a new web video initiative that will be carried on multiple Wrapports-owned platforms, including suntimes.com,” says the release.

Brandon Copple

At Groupon, Copple oversaw the writers and editors “who produce brilliant, hilarious descriptions of more than 100 Groupon deals every day.” He wrote on his blog in September of 2010: “You can’t imagine how much fun it is to work with people that funny and smart. We’re gonna do great things.”

Read the press release after the jump.

Press release
Brandon Copple Joins Wrapports, LLC as General Manager

Digital Leader Joins Parent of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Reader to Develop Business, Sports and Video Products

CHICAGO, IL – September 20, 2012: Timothy P. Knight, CEO of Wrapports, LLC, announced today that Brandon Copple has joined Wrapports, LLC as General Manager overseeing a new venture that will create sports and business media products. As part of the Wrapports team, Copple also will lead the development of a new web video initiative that will be carried on multiple Wrapports-owned platforms, including suntimes.com. Copple joins Wrapports, LLC from Groupon Inc., where he was Managing Editor.

“Wrapports builds and invests in companies that marry the best of news and information media with the latest consumer technologies,” said Timothy P. Knight, CEO of Wrapports. “Brandon’s background is a perfect fit for us during this transformative time, as he has been a catalyst of change in both the news industry and recently, the daily deals business.”

“Brandon brings a deep understanding of the current digital revolution and a strong focus on innovation through new media,” said Jim Kirk, Editor in Chief of Sun-Times Media. “Business and sports are high-interest categories in Chicago and readers are telling us they want more video from us. ”

“The Wrapports team is clearly committed to innovation,” said Brandon Copple. “What excites me most about working with them is their entrepreneurial spirit. The media business has been through some rough times, but there are tremendous opportunities for a company like Wrapports that is willing to take risks and think creatively about delivering the news.”

Prior to joining Groupon in 2010, Copple was the Managing Editor at Crain’s Chicago Business from 2004 to 2010. Prior to Crain’s, Copple held writing positions at Forbes magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Copple received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Kansas, where he also received his Juris Doctorate.

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