Please Welcome….

The Awl is pleased to announce the hiring of John Shankman as publisher of The Awl, The Hairpin and Splitsider.

Shankman will begin next week. He is departing his position as account director at the Huffington Post. Prior, from 2007 to early 2010, he was a regional sales manager at Federated Media.

He can be reached at

David Cho, our founding publisher, has departed to be the director of business development for ESPN’s Grantland, and will be an advisor to the company.

The Awl launched in late April of 2009. When the New York Times wrote about The Awl last October, we reported that we’d grown from just 100,000 unique visitors in August of 2009 to 500,000 in August of 2010. In the second quarter of this year, Awl Network total traffic has ranged from 3 million to 3.5 million uniques a month. (Google Analytics numbers throughout.)

In other news, we are seeking permanent office space in Manhattan—approximately seven or eight desks. Do you have a little office space to rent? Give us a shout regarding that or with any other questions.