Gizmodo Media Group Appoints Susie Banikarim Editorial Director

She will oversee Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jezebel, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Splinter and The Root

Susie Banikarim, a veteran of Vocativ, Newsweek The Daily Beast and ABC News, as well as a former Harvard Nieman Fellow, has just landed one of the best jobs in digital journalism: editorial director at Gizmodo Media Group. She succeeds Katie Drummond, with the added responsibility of Splinter and The Root.

Banikarim will be based in New York and report to GMG CEO Raju Narisetti. From the announcement:

“Susie is taking on the newsroom leadership role at Gizmodo Media Group at a time when our journalism is robust and attracting new, and growing, audiences,” says Narisetti. “Her proven journalism credentials, her expertise in multimedia storytelling, her well-known track record of mentoring talent, and her passion and enthusiasm for our sites made her a clear choice for this critical role.”

Adds Banikarim: “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented group of people at an organization with such a rich and important legacy. This is an important moment in media—and history—and the value of journalism that speaks directly to a diverse set of communities while holding the powerful to account, challenging the status quo, and exposing hypocrisy cannot be overstated.”

At ABC News, Banikarim held a range of titles including senior producer and anchor producer for World News. She was also involved in the launch of Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie.

Banikarim, who starts Sept. 5, dropped by the GMG New York offices today for a BBQ staff lunch and the big announcement. Congrats!