Gawker Media
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Knowledge Identifier: $Gawker



Blog founded by Nick Denton and based in New York City that bills itself as the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip add

Category: Business (10)

Launched in 2003.

Countries: United States (71%), (16%), New York (7%)

Main connections: Gawker Media, Nick Denton, Wonkette

Linked to: Gawker Media, Forbes, Wonkette, Reddit




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Founded in 2003, Gawker is the flagship blog for Nick Denton's Gawker Media add something


Gawker was originally edited by Elizabeth Spiers, by Choire Sicha, from August 2003 to August 2004 add something


Wonkette - "'Wonkette"' is a left-leaning American online magazine of topical satire and political gossip, established in 2004 by Gawker Media and founding editor Ana Marie Cox, and owned and edited by Rebecca Schoenkopf since 2012


Wonkette - "Wonkette" was established in January 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network


When Sicha became editorial director of Gawker Media in August 2004, Jessica Coen was hired to be the site editor add something


The editor position was split between two co-editors in 2005, and Coen was joined by guest editors from a variety of New York City-based blogs; Matt Haber was engaged as co-editor for several months, Jesse Oxfeld joined for longer add something


Melissa Lafsky - After her blog was discovered by Gawker in April 2005, it became very popular and was profiled in "The New York Times"


Wonkette - Cox announced her resignation as "Wonkette"'s editor on January 5, 2006, in order to promote her book, "Dog Days", and was succeeded by David Lat, the author of Underneath Their Robes, a blog about the federal judiciary, and Alex Pareene, a young New York University student and Gawker intern/guest editor in New York who moved to D.C. for the "Wonkette" position


On March 14, 2006, launched "Gawker Stalker Maps", a mashup of the site's Gawker Stalker feature and Google Maps add something


In July 2006, Oxfeld's contract was not renewed, and Alex Balk was installed, while Chris Mohney, formerly of Gridskipper, Gawker Media's travel blog, was hired to become the managing editor, a newly created position add something


On July 3, 2006, when publisher Nick Denton replaced Jesse Oxfeld with Alex Balk, Oxfeld claimed it was an attempt to make the blog more mainstream and less media-focused, ending a tradition of heavy media coverage at Gawker add something


On September 28, 2006, Coen announced in a post on Gawker that she would be leaving the site to become deputy online editor at "Vanity Fair" add something


Chief Magazine - Jacqueline Lewis, former writer of Gawker's now defunct "Bloghorrea NYC" column, became Managing Editor of Chief in 2007


In February 2007, Sicha returned from his position at the "New York Observer", and replaced Mohney as the Managing Editor add something


Associate editor Maggie Shnayerson began writing for the site; she replaced Doree Shafrir, who left in September 2007 for the "New York Observer" add something


On September 21, 2007, Gawker announced that Balk would depart to edit "Radar" magazine's website, he would be replaced by Wonkette's Alex Pareene add something


Wonkette - After Pareene and Layne's departure in October 2007, a team of new editors including John Clarke, Jr., and Megan Carpentier was installed by Gawker management


Gawker's coverage of benefit cuts announced December 4, 2007, for freelancers working at media company Viacom has been acknowledged as playing a major role in reinstating many of the workers' rights add something


After Viacom "permalancers" took to the streets for several days to protest the cuts, Gawker reported on December 12, 2007, that the company had reversed its position add something


In 2008, weekend editor Ian Spiegelman quit Gawker over an unspecified salary dispute add something


Annalee Newitz - In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, which was dubbed io9


Io9 - In 2008, shortly after Newitz's project, "other magazine," ceased print publication, Gawker media asked her to start a science and sci-fi blog


Annalee Newitz - She is the editor-in-chief at "io9", a science-fiction themed blog launched in 2008 by Gawker Media


Valleywag - This was part of an overall restructuring by Gawker Media, described in a memo by Nick Denton as shifting resources to the most commercially successful Gawker sites, away from the focus on increasing traffic, in view of the 2008 credit crisis


Io9 - "'io9"' is a blog launched in 2008 by Gawker Media


On January 15, 2008, Gawker mirrored the Scientology video featuring Tom Cruise from the recently removed posting on YouTube add something


Anonymous (group) - On January 15, 2008, the gossip blog Gawker posted a video in which celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise praised the religion; the Church responded with a cease-and-desist letter for violation of copyright


On January 31, 2008, Gawker's Maggie Shnayerson reported that Viacom subsidiary MTV Networks would convert 1,000 freelance jobs to full-time positions add something


Wonkette - On April 14, 2008, Gawker Media announced that it was selling "Wonkette" and that Layne would remain managing editor and part owner


On November 12, 2008, it was announced that further changes were to take place in response to economic hardships with the selling of popular site Consumerist and the folding of Valleywag, with Managing Editor Owen Thomas being demoted to a columnist on Gawker and the rest of the staff being laid off add something


The Awl - The site was founded in early 2009 by David Cho and former Gawker editors Choire Sicha and Alex Balk


As of January 3, 2009, the video has not been removed and a lawsuit has not been filed add something


On July 17, 2009, Gawker-owned sports blog Deadspin reported that ESPN lawyers sent a letter to a website owner who was hosting videos of a woman who looked like journalist Erin Andrews add something


On August 17, 2009, Gawker obtained and posted an exclusive video of actor Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart naked with beauty queen and former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche add something


Kari Ann Peniche - On August 17, 2009, a home video was posted on the website Gawker that showed Peniche with married couple and actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart


In December 2009, Nick Denton was nominated for "Media Entrepreneur of the Decade" by "Adweek" and Gawker was named "Blog of the Decade" by the advertising trade add something


In February 2010, Denton announced that Gawker was acquiring the "people directory" site, and was hiring that site's editor and publisher, Remy Stern, as the new editor-in-chief of Gawker add something


In December 2010, DNS service for WikiLeaks went offline in the United States add something


On December 11, 2010, Gawker and Gizmodo were hacked by a group of hackers named Gnosis add something


Chris Lee (politician) - After confirming the facts, Gawker published its expose on February 9, 2011.


In February 2011, Gawker posted an email exchange between United States Congressman Chris Lee and a woman he had met through a personal ad on Craigslist add something


Chris Lee (politician) - After confirming the facts, "Gawker" published its exposé on February 9, 2011


Silk Road (marketplace) - In June 2011, Gawker published an article about the site, which led to "Internet buzz" and an increase in website traffic


In November 2011, Nick Denton announced that Deadspin editor-in-chief A. J. Daulerio would replace Remy Stern as editor-in-chief at Gawker add something


In December 2011, A. J. Daulerio, former Editor-in-Chief of Gawker Media sports site Deadspin replaced Remy Stern as Editor-in-Chief at Gawker add something


In 2012, the website changed its focus away from editorial content and toward what its new editor-in-chief A. J. Daulerio called "traffic whoring" and "SEO bomb throws" add something


In April 2012, all "starred" commenters lost their rankings add something


Reddit - In October 2012, a "Gawker" article published the real-life identity of "Violentacrez", a Reddit moderator prominently involved with a string of controversial subreddits devoted to explicit material


On October 12, 2012, Adrian Chen posted an article identifying Reddit moderator Violentacrez as Michael Brutsch add something


Rob Ford - On May 16, 2013, American gossip website "Gawker" said it had been offered a video showing Ford apparently smoking crack cocaine


Rob Ford - On June 13, 2013, the day Police raided dozens of homes they believed were associated with a gang based in the region where the alleged video was shot, CTV News reported police sources had confirmed they had been aware of descriptions of a video whose owners said it showed Ford smoking crack weeks before the Gawker report


Early in 2014 Max Read became the Gawker's editor-in-chief, as Cook had taken a job at the Intercept add something


Nick Denton - Gawker - On 16th January 2014, the New York Post reported, "Gawker Media founder Nick Denton is getting married to his partner of just over a year, actor Derrence Washington, on May 31 at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History


Io9 - After seven years as head editor, in January 2014 Newitz became the new editor at $ Gizmodo, while co-founder Anders remained as editor at io9, as part of a plan by Gawker to integrate io9 with Gizmodo


Nick Denton - Gawker - On 16 January 2014, the New York Post reported, "Gawker Media founder Nick Denton is getting married to his partner of just over a year, actor Derrence Washington, on May 31 at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History


In March 2014, Max Read became the Gawker's editor-in-chief add something


In April 2014, using internet slang was banned per new writing style guidelines add something


According to third-party web analytics provider SimilarWeb, the site has over 23 million visits per month, as of 2015 add something


Gawker staff announced the vote on May 28th 2015 add something


In June of 2015, Gawker editorial staff voted to unionize add something


Gawker Media - Gawker - Gawker staff announced the vote on May 28th 2015


Gawker Media - In June of 2015, Gawker editorial staff voted to unionize


Annalee Newitz - Newitz remained editor-in-chief since its founding until 2015, when she became the editor-in-chief of "Gizmodo", another Gawker media property


Daily Mail - In March 2015, Jason King, a former contract worker at the "Mail's" New York office, wrote an article for Gawker titled 'My Year Ripping Off the Web With the "Daily Mail Online"'


BuzzFeed - In April 2015, BuzzFeed drew scrutiny after Gawker observed the publication had deleted two posts that criticized advertisers


In July 2015, the site was rocked by scandal after Denton removed a controversial post from the site; Gawker editor in chief Max Read and Gawker Media executive editor Tommy Craggs resigned in protest add something


On July 20, 2015, Gawker Media executive editor Tommy Craggs and editor-in-chief Max Read posted their resignations from the company, citing the lack of transparency by and independence from the company's management over the post's removal, rather than the concerns over the post's issues and received criticism, as the cause add something


Daily Mail - In September 2015, the "Mail's" US company Mail Media filed a lawsuit against King and Gawker Media for libel


In October 2015, Alex Pareene was announced as the new editor-in-chief add something


She was replaced in October 2015 by Alex Pareene add something


Denton announced in a staff memo in November 2015 that the site was switching from covering New York and the media world to focus primarily on politics add something


Michael Allen (journalist) - In November 2015, Allen made an apology after the website Gawker reported that he offered to let Chelsea Clinton screen interview questions in advance of a proposed interview


Annalee Newitz - In November 2015, Newitz announced she was leaving Gawker to join Ars Technica where she has been employed as Tech Culture Editor since December 2015


Valleywag - In November 2015, it was announced that the website would be shut down as part of a focus to have Gawker become a politics site


In January 2016, Gawker Media received its first outside investment by selling a minority stake to Columbus Nova Technology Partners add something


Gawker Media - In January 2016, Gawker Media received its first outside investment by selling a minority stake to Columbus Nova Technology Partners


Gawker Media - On March 29, 2016, a federal judge ruled in favor of Gawker, noting that the plaintiff had correctly been deemed an intern instead of an employee and was the primary beneficiary of his relationship with Gawker Media


On June 10, 2016, Gawker Media and its associated subsidiaries Gawker Sales, Gawker Entertainment, Gawker Technology and Blogwire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Souther District of New York, following the loss of the Hogan lawsuit add something


Deadspin - Deadspin was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016


Gawker Media - In August 2016, it was reported that Gawker was in the final stages of settling the lawsuit


Hulk Hogan - Gawker - Also, on August 11, 2016, a Florida judge gave Hogan control of the assets of A.J. Daulerio, former Gawker editor-in-chief, who was involved in the posting of Hogan's sex tape


Peter Thiel - On August 15, 2016, Thiel published an opinion piece in "The New York Times" in which he argued that his defense of online privacy went beyond Gawker


Gawker Media - On August 16, 2016, Gawker along with all it brands were acquired in a biding auction by the winning bidder, Univision Communications


Blog - On August 18, 2016, Gawker Media announced that its flagship blog,, would be ceasing operations the week after add something


On 18 August 2016, Gawker announced it would be shutting down following the company's acquisition by Univision Communications add something


On August 18, 2016, Gawker Media announced that its flagship blog,, would be ceasing operations the week after add something


Gawker Media - On August 18, 2016, it was announced that Gawker Media's flagship site Gawker would be ceasing operations the week after


Founder Nick Denton created the site's final post on August 22, 2016 add something


On August 22, 2016 Nick Denton wrote the final article for Gawker, titled "How Things Work add something


On 10 September 2016, Univision removed six of Gawker's most controversial posts, each with the note: "This story is no longer available as it is the subject of pending litigation against the prior owners of this site add something


Univision Communications - On September 21, 2016, the Gawker Media assets acquisition was completed and said assets were moved to Gizmodo Media Group


On January 16, 2019, it was announced Carson Griffith, Ben Barna, Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw were joining the staff of the new Gawker add something


However, on January 23, 2019, Kosoff and Breslaw announced they were quitting the site over offensive workplace comments made by Griffith add something


In March 2019, Dan Peres was announced as the site's editor-in-chief add something


However, in August 2019, Peres, Griffith and the rest of the staff tasked with relaunching the site was laid off add something