Monday, July 27th, 2009

Richard Rushfield, Web Entertainment Editor and 'American Idol' Correspondent for LA Times, To Gawker

Richard Rushfield has left the Los Angeles Times to be the West Coast editor of Gawker.

Gawker editor Gabe Snyder's memo:

Ever since Defamer was merged into Gawker earlier this year, I've been looking for the right person to hire in L.A., so I'm pleased to announce someone who was worth the wait: Richard Rushfield is joining Gawker as its new West Coast Editor. From his Venice bungalow he'll proudly fly the Defamer flag as well as pitch in with charting the general editorial direction of the site.

Richard joins us from the Los Angeles Times where he's been the Entertainment Editor of their web site since 2005. While that paper has had its fair share of internal changes — and lots of meetings, I'm told — Richard put together one of its true bright points, overseeing a staff of writers and reporters who work primarily for and attack the kinds of stories that are as relevant to industry insiders as they are entertaining and insightful to a national audience.

Like any good generalist, Richard's career has spanned a number of worlds. He's done political campaign organizing, worked as a reality show producer, has a prolific freelancing career for magazines including Vanity Fair, Details, Los Angeles, Blackbook and Arena, co-founded satire magazine LA Innuendo ("a low-rent Spy for people who love the things that they hate about LA"), published On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood, and has Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, a memoir of his college years, due out this November.

After some much-deserved decompression, Richard will be starting with us on August 31. Please join me in welcoming him aboard.


14 Comments / Post A Comment

First Jose Antonio Vargas moves from WashPo to Huffo, now this. Are the bigger online media properties the way of the future for old media journos? And, we cannot fail to note, after Nick notes that Gawker revenues were up 45% in 1st half.

LolCait (#460)

Second Richard to Un-Ruin Gawker?

sigerson (#179)

now you're just being catty

Ziggy (#529)

Isn't he the third?
(Everyone always forgets Blakeley!)

BlinkyMcChuck (#202)

Ha. I was about to say, someone quick go into the Gawker office and say "Richard".

mathnet (#27)

This is like the time Dick York spanked me with his iPhone.

propertius (#361)

They should finally get the time zone fixed for Hollywood.

Hollywood, 5:23 PM it is not after 5 on the West Coast.

Was he actually hired as an employee?

miss volare (#553)

Oooh, "generalist" is a wonderful euphemism for "alcoholic." I think i'll use that too.

Hez (#147)

It also works in place of "chronic masturbator."

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Correct, and that's because "generalist" originated as a mispronunciation of "journalist," which in the original Aramaic did in fact designate a chronic masturbator, or as Dr Hunter S Thompson once explained it: "Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits â€" a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage."

Fine. I didn't want the job anyway.

Choire, when you say "welcoming him aboard," does this mean that you are aboard Gawker somehow?

Also, please bring back the picture of the awl.

raincoaster (#628)

Given enough time, Denton is going to hire everyone on the planet except me.

BoHan (#29)

I never read his stuff, but if he is even half as funny as Choire can be when he writes for the LATimes Showtracker, this is a good move. Reading the Choire version of the LATimes is like some alcohol-induced nightmare! Only funnier! Choire, you should do more TV! I can't afford movies!

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