Vocativ Replenishes Editorial Leadership

Ben Reininga and Kelly Bourdet now share editorial director duties.

In the wake of Erin Gloria Ryan transitioning from her Vocativ deputy editor position to The Daily Beast and Jessica Coen vacating the VP/editor in chief slot, chief content officer Susie Susie Banikarim this week has provided more details about their successors.

Here’s the Oct. 5 memo:

Hi all-

As we start a new month – and new year for many of you! – I wanted to take an opportunity to follow up on some recent developments in the newsroom.

As we previously announced, Ben Reininga and Kelly Bourdet are now jointly leading the newsroom as editorial directors. They are dividing up their responsibilities as follows:

Ben will oversee our National Security, News and Culture coverage, taking the lead during breaking news. He will also work closely with the video team to better integrate newsroom workflows and processes.

Kelly will oversee all of our Technology, Science and Sex coverage. She will also develop big editorial packages and work closely with the visual storytelling team on our data science and visual efforts.

Ben and Kelly both bring true intellectual rigor, organizational skill and great enthusiasm to their new roles and I am confident that their leadership will will benefit Vocativ enormously. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know them in the last year and working closely with them in recent weeks. I am certain that those of you who haven’t thus far had a chance to do so will too.

I also wanted to share another piece of good news…. As many of you know, we are in the process of developing and launching a new sports blog led by Tomas Rios. Tomas and his team have developed a unique and bold editorial voice in the past year, proving that there is an audience looking for unconventional and challenging sports coverage. The site will be called False Start and [VP of product] Jishai [Evers] & his team are working very hard to get it launched by end of month.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for all your hard work. Between this highly *unusual* campaign season and the often violent breaking news events we now see all too frequently, we are in the midst of an extraordinarily busy news cycle – one that isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. I know how hard each of you works to ensure that Vocativ’s coverage is sharp, insightful and distinctive, despite the pressures that such events place on everyone. It is because of your efforts that our work stands out and continues to get noticed.

I am very much looking forward to all that comes next…

Reininga, previously managing editor, started his career at nerve.com and has worked also at The Huffington Post, Now This News and Refinery29. Bourdet, who was already serving as an editorial director, also has worked previously at Nerve Media and Refinery29, as well contributed to Vice’s Motherboard.