RD Recap: Grantland Names Interim EIC; Changes at BuzzFeed

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorGrantland has a new editor in chief, as Chris Connelly steps into the role vacated by Bill Simmons. He’s only there in an interim capacity, but the move does show that the “worldwide leader” is committed to continuing to invest in what many saw as a vanity project for the ousted and outspoken columnist. “We are thrilled to have a journalist of Chris’ caliber join us on an interim basis as we go forward and build on the smart, fun, adventurous, creative, unexpected and vital spirit of Grantland,” ESPN’s evp of global strategy and original content, Marie Donoghuesaid in a statement. “Chris has been an award-winning journalist and storyteller in sports, music and pop culture for over three decades, and as a longtime contributor at Grantland, he appreciates the incredible team we have assembled.” Connelly, a longtime former MTV staffer, will continue to make pop culture references…

The Intercept installs The Oxford American’s Roger Hodge as national editor, while Farai Chideya joins as tech columnist and consulting editor. Dan Froomkin jumps from senior writer to Washington bureau editor. It’s been a busy round of hires for the publication, which in April recruited Charlotte Greensit from Time Inc. to be managing editor…  BuzzFeed launches an opposition research team, with Andrew Kaczynski at the head… Meanwhile, Emma Loop signs on as politics reporter at the growing BuzzFeed Canada, leaving the Ottawa Citizen, where she had been a digital journalist… New York hires EW.com assistant managing editor Neil Janowitz as editorial director of Vulture. He previously worked at SI.com, Fast Company and ESPN the Magazine, and takes over for Gilbert Cruz, who went to The New York Times a few months prior… Mic grabs Kengo Tsutsumi as a deputy on the programming team. He had been deputy social editor at the International Business Times… Read More