Alex Pareene Joins Matt Taibbi’s New Digital Magazine as Executive Editor

Journalist and editor brings a decade of online publishing experience to First Look Media’s second digital magazine

NEW YORK--()--The new digital magazine to be launched by Matt Taibbi as part of First Look Media, today announced that Alex Pareene has joined the site as executive editor. Pareene will work closely with Taibbi on First Look’s second digital magazine set to launch in the coming months. He will oversee political content.

Pareene is an author, columnist and blogger with a breadth of digital experience gleaned from nearly a decade of working for leading online outlets. For the last four years, he served as senior writer at Salon.com, where he covered national politics and analyzed the political press. Prior to that, he was an editor and contributor to Gawker.com, where he wrote regularly on the media, campaigns and the occasionally disreputable behavior of Manhattan’s most powerful residents.

“Alex is well known as one of the sharpest and funniest writers in America," said Taibbi, founding editor of the new publication focused on financial and political corruption. "It's going to be a lot of fun working with him, and I think our readers are going to respond to the wit and the honesty he brings to the job."

Pareene also served as chief editor of Wonkette.com, a Washington-based satirical political site. He has written for New York Magazine, Vice, Rolling Stone, Maura Magazine and The New Republic and is the author of two e-books, “The Rude Guide to Mitt” and “A Tea People’s History.”

His essays for The Baffler, “Come On Feel the Buzz” and “Deal Me Out,” assailed reporting practices in the elite political and financial media. At Salon, his “Hack List,” a hall of shame for inept political pundits, became a hotly anticipated annual tradition. Following his notorious confrontational appearance on CNBC last year, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart called Pareene “intrepid.”

“I’m excited to join First Look and I can’t wait to help create a new platform for fearless reporting and commentary,” said Pareene. “And working with Matt, whose writing I’ve admired for years, is a dream come true.”

Pareene’s first day was April 21 and he is based in New York City.

The name and launch date of the digital magazine will be announced in the coming months. First Look Media’s first online publication, The Intercept, led by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, launched on February 10.

About First Look Media

First Look Media seeks to reimagine journalism for the digital age, combining the promise of technological innovation with the power of fearless reporting. Founded by Pierre Omidyar, the organization will pursue original, independent journalism that is deeply reported and researched, thoroughly fact checked, and beautifully told. We are driven above all by a belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is not just highly informed, but deeply engaged. In all our work, we are committed to strict standards of accuracy and honesty, a willingness to report our own errors and inconsistencies, and a deep respect for the transformative power of true stories. To learn more, visit www.firstlook.org.

Contacts

Media contact:
First Look Media
Gina Lindblad, (206) 770-7082
gina.lindblad@firstlook.org

Contacts

Media contact:
First Look Media
Gina Lindblad, (206) 770-7082
gina.lindblad@firstlook.org