John Cook Named Executive Editor of Gawker

On the heels of Ravi Somaiya scoop, a tweet from @GawkerCareers.

The New York Times headline was a little more emphatic than the article lede, but either way, it appears done.

A trio of sources, speaking to Ravi Somaiya ‘on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made,’ tipped the reporter to the fact that John Cook has permanently inherited the role of Gawker executive editor. From Somaiya’s item:

Mr. Cook, who is well respected among the Gawker staff, had been the acting executive editor. He had also been helping to lead a search for a permanent replacement for Mr. [Tommy] Craggs. Those considered included Josh Tyrangiel, the former editor of Bloomberg Businessweek who recently joined Vice. (A successor has not yet been named for [editor] Mr. [Max] Read.)

Mr. Cook’s appointment follows a stated aim of Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, to move the organization in a different direction. After the scandal, he vowed in a series of memos to make Gawker nicer and less tabloid in its sensibilities.

Cook took over this summer after the resignation of Craggs and Read.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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