Geoff Manaugh is out as editor-in-chief

This memo was sent to Gawker Media employees at 10 a.m. ET Friday:

Yesterday was Geoff Manaugh’s last day as Editor-in-Chief of

Geoff is a real talent and one of the smartest thinkers in our editorial group, but unfortunately did not integrate well with the structure both within his team and the company as a whole. He is moving forward with an upcoming book and his continued work on BLDG BLOG.

Effective immediately, long-serving editor Brian Barrett has been promoted to full, permanent status as Editor-in-Chief, and will work with me to expand Gizmodo’s hiring to the levels necessary to ensure Gizmodo’s position as the leading voice of discovery in technology and design news.

Joel Johnson
Editorial Director
Gawker Media Group

* May 2013: A closer look at Gizmodo’s new editor-in-chief (