Engadget Names New Executive Editor, Editor in Chief

SAN FRANCISCO (April 29, 2014) – Today, Engadget names longtime staffers Michael Gorman and Christopher Trout to the positions of editor in chief and executive editor, respectively. Gorman and Trout follow in the footsteps of previous editors who have built Engadget into the influential site for technology and consumer electronics, while infusing the brand with a new approach that makes Engadget the definitive guide to a connected life. Technology used to mean flip phones and floppy disks, but that world has evolved, and it's no longer just about gadgets. It's the car with no driver; it's printing human organs and leisurely flights into space.

Engadget made its mark with high-quality reporting that hooked readers with its regular, in-depth coverage of the latest news from industry titans and hands-on explorations of the next hot gadget every early adopter must have. Now, the two editorial leaders seek to take Engadget beyond minute-by-minute coverage to a more elevated look at what that breaking news actually means. It's detailed, factual reporting married with real-world contextualization.

As editor in chief, Gorman will work closely with the editorial staff to bring this approach to every post while keeping a keen ear to the ground for the latest tech news. Gorman previously held the role of senior associate editor, covering news from the heart of Silicon Valley and sharing his expertise with Engadget readers and the broader business community with expert broadcast news commentary.

Working closely with Gorman, Christopher Trout will assume the role of executive editor and inject the larger publication vision into every aspect of the brand. Previously, Christopher spearheaded Engadget's iPad magazine Distro and applied his diversity of editorial experience to regular Engadget posts for major events and announcements.

Engadget's most recent editor in chief, Marc Perton, was tapped to stabilize the site and expand the platform's reach. Having achieved those goals, he has decided it's time to pursue other opportunities. "I'm very proud of what we've accomplished over the last few months, including our first Best of CES, the integration of gdgt and a complete redesign, and the launch of our 10 Years In series," Perton said. "I'm confident that Michael and Christopher will be able to build on this foundation and that the site will continue to grow and prosper."

"We're energized and hopeful," said Gorman. "Engadget has done so much in its past 10 years, and we've been at the table with a powerhouse team for a majority of that time. We're humbled and beyond excited to have the opportunity to drive the site in this new direction, and we can't wait to take our readers with us."

The new approach and leadership will supplement an already-robust Engadget brand that includes videos, multi-lingual podcasts and the popular Expand event series that brings the site to life for Engadget fans for one weekend each year.

About Engadget
Engadget was founded in 2004 as a devoted, instant source for tech news. While maintaining this commitment, Engadget's presence has grown to include weekly podcasts in English and Spanish, international versions of the site with localized content and the Webby Award-winning Engadget Show. Engadget also exists offline with regular meetups and the new Expand event series to provide a well-rounded experience for its readers. Find Engadget online at www.engadget.com and in the iTunes store.

Media Contact
Allison Butler
AOL- Director of Broadcast Relations
Alllison.butler@teamaol.com
202-624-9361
###

  1. HuffPost Live is an award-winning live streaming network. Every discussion is live and unfiltered. Thousands of people from around the globe join HuffPost Live's programming, five days a week, available online, on mobile and on-demand.
     
  2. 600+
    non-profits supported by AOL through pro bono media and employee volunteering programs
     
  3. Cannes Welcome Reception
     
  4. 23%
    Global advertising revenue growth YoY
     
  5. Marketplace

    100+
    Premium Publishers
     
  6. 1
    HuffPost Green ComScore Rank
     
  7. AOL video viewers have increased

    6x
    year over year
     
  8. Programmatic Upfront
     
  9. 510%
    YoY growth for HuffPost Live video views
     
  10. AOLer Samantha Leibovitz says

    I love coming to work every day and being surrounded by such creative, passionate people.
     
 
  1. Make a Difference module on AOL.com

    55B
    Free impressions driven to causes
     
  2. AOL Digital NewFront
     
  3. Adap.tv

    90%
    of Ad Age 100 Advertisers do business on Adap.tv
     
  4. 70%
    increase in Premium Formats
     
  5. Adap.tv

    10B
    Global video impressions delivered every month
     
  6. We award Blue Monsters to our top employees
     
  7. StyleList

    1
    ComScore Rank (Style & Beauty)
     
  8. AOLer Chris Nims says

    I've stayed at AOL for as long as I have because I love what I do, and I love the people with whom I do it.
     
  9. 2x
    Consumers are twice as likely to interact with ads that feature real-time content
     
  10. AOL On offers the most relevant video on every topic sifted, sorted and served to you.
     
 
  1. Explore the stories of trailblazing women and inspire your own through MAKERS.com.
     
  2. 94M
    Monthly views globally on HuffPost
     
  3. Arianna Huffington at AdWeek
     
  4. 300M
    Comments on The Huffington Post
     
  5. Advertising.com

    3B+
    Global impressions per day
     
  6. 25+
    AOL’s proprietary Loft ad format averages more than a 25-second expansion time
     
  7. Anytime, Anywhere Tech Support
     
  8. 47%
    increase in native ad revenue
     
  9. Games.com

    1,500
    Free online games
     
  10. AOLer Ben Hills says

    I like creating something brand new with a great group of people to help drive it forward, including leaders who have the courage and vision to help us do that.