Newsweek Hires Former Gawker Editor-in-Chief Snyder

Gabriel Snyder, the former editor-in-chief of Gawker, has been hired by Newsweek as executive editor of the magazine’s digital unit.

Mr. Snyder is coming to Newsweek on the eve of the relaunch of Newsweek.com. In a memo to Newsweek’s staff, Newsweek editors Jon Meacham and Mark Miller credited Mr. Snyder for transforming Gawker from “what was a guilty pleasure for a Manhattan-centric audience to a source of real news and information, doubling Gawker’s audience.” Mr. Snyder starts on May 3 and will be responsible for helping to grow the audience of Newsweek.com and the magazine’s other digital offerings, Messrs. Meacham and Miller wrote.

Mr. Snyder held the top editorial post at Gawker for 18 months until February, when Gawker Media acquired Cityfile and offered Mr. Snyder’s old job to Cityfile founder Remy Stern. Mr. Snyder was offered another job at Gawker that he declined.

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