From Deadspin’s editor:
From: Tommy Craggs
Date: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM
Sorry to be so abrupt, but this all happened very quickly: Koblin’s leaving us for the New York Times, a local daily. His last day here will be Jan. 6. I’ll let him fill in the details at his leisure. On the one hand, this will be a great opportunity for him, and I find it admirable that he would set aside the stability and renown of writing for Deadspin to take a chance on a scrappy, up-and-coming outfit like the Times. On the other hand, fuck this shit. I’m heartbroken. More later.
UPDATE: Here is New York Times Styles editor Stuart Emmrich’s memo:
I’m happy to announce the hiring of John Koblin. You may recall his work as a media reporter for The New York Observer and Women’s Wear Daily, where he developed almost unmatched sources and consistently broke news, sometimes even news concerning The New York Times. For the past year, he has been a reporter for the sports website Deadspin, writing both breaking news stories and features, with his main focus on sports media, primarily ESPN.
Over the past month, I have had several long conversations with John about our fashion coverage — discussing in detail how he might have approached some of our news stories differently, what other angles he might have pursued, what he would have done to try to raise them to the level of A1 – and in each case I have come away with the same reaction: Total excitement at the prospect of having him on the Styles staff.
John is a young, smart, talented reporter – much like Eric Wilson nine years ago – and he recognizes that the fashion houses that we cover are important cultural and business institutions and that the people who run them are worthy of creative, serious and aggressive reporting. I have no doubt that John will help us produce a newsier, more competitive fashion report in Styles in 2014, particularly on the Web, one that further solidifies our position as the journalistic leader in this category.
John will join us shortly after the first of the year, Please join me in welcoming him then.