Good afternoon! I have a couple notifications in preparation for this afternoon's meeting.
First, I am thrilled to finally officially announce that, starting January 28, Gawker will finally have a deputy editor: Leah Beckmann. Leah comes to us from Medium, where she edited and helped develop Matter's short-form stuff; at Gawker, she'll fill a wide variety of roles, assigning stories, editing posts, directing coverage, and generally running the site while I make Jim draw penises.
When I say "thrilled," I'm not kidding. Those of you who've worked with Leah before (while she held Gawker together as its assistant managing editor) know exactly how skilled she is not just as an editor but as an counselor and advisor: I've been forcing her to get drinks with me all year so I could ask her advice; now, we can all benefit directly from her perception and insight. I expect you will all make good use of Leah's supreme talents developing ideas and packaging stories; no one else is as as qualified or suited to help this site reach its potential.
Second, I'm equally excited to make official Leah Finnegan's promotion to features editor. This is likely not a surprise to anyone, and complimenting her to you all feels a bit redundant, since her obvious skill is on display on the site and in Slack every day. But let me try anyway: Leah has been a revelatory presence on the site, both as a writer and as an editor, and her razor-edged intelligence and sense of humor—equally fit for criticism of movies, journalism, and baby names—have resulted in some of the site's best, funniest, and most talked-about posts all year.
Congratulations to Leah and Leah. We'll talk more at the meeting in 20 minutes.