Engadget Names New Executive Editor, Editor in Chief
Apr 29, 2014
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.
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.
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