The Verge Launches Verge Science, Names Wired’s Katie Drummond Editor

The Verge launched its new Verge Science vertical on Wednesday and tapped Wired reporter Katie Drummond as editor, the publication said.

Drummond most recently covered military research on Wired‘s defense blog, Danger Room, and previously worked at Rupert Murdoch’s failed tablet news app The Daily and for AOL News, where she reported on science and health news.

The new section marks further expansion of the nascent Vox Media-owned tech and culture site that has made a name for itself as a journalist’s news startup, slamming the Huffington Post for scraping 239 words of an aggregated story and touting its thorough, original reporting.

In October, Vox launched Polygon, a videogame news site to rival competitors like Joystiq, Kotaku and IGN.

“We’ll deliver rigorous, thoughtful, authoritative reporting on what’s new, what’s coming next, and why it actually matters — and we’ll make room for both certifiable science geeks and casual readers to find out what inspires them,” Drummond said in a statement.

Keeping with that promise, the section debuted with an investigation into the potential risks of federal research designed to prevent a pandemic, and a Q&A with best-selling science journalist Mary Roach.

Watch Drummond introduce the section in a video here.