HuffPost adds two to the roster, announcing this evening that Tommy Craggs and Luke O’Brien are joining the publication beginning Sept. 5.
Craggs will be a senior enterprise editor focusing on race and economic inequality, based out of Washington. He had recently served as politics editor for Slate, but is perhaps best known for his years at Gawker/Deadspin, where he went from Deadspin writer to Deadspin editor to Gawker Media executive editor. In 2015, Craggs resigned from his position over the decision by Gawker Media’s managing partnership to remove a post about a Condé Nast CFO who texted an escort; Craggs had wanted the piece to stay up.
“He’s a reporter’s editor,” wrote HuffPost EIC Lydia Polgreen about Craggs in a note to staff, illustrating with an anecdote. “When I hired one of the writers he nurtured at Deadspin, Greg Howard, at the New York Times, Greg told me he’d run through a brick wall for Tommy,” she wrote.
Luke O’Brien, who’ll also be based in Washington, is joining as a reporter who will also serve as contributing editor for Highline, HuffPost’s magazine-like section. O’Brien has previously covered the white nationalist movement and right-wing extremism, for HuffPost included, and his work for HuffPost will cover similar territory. “Luke will be anchoring an ambitious new initiative at HuffPost—a hub for iterative reporting on political extremism in all its forms,” writes Polgreen.
O’Brien has worked at Village Voice Media, Politico, SF Weekly and Deadspin, among other publications, and has written for a host of outlets including The Atlantic, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.