Megan Greenwell Hired as Top Editor of Deadspin (Exclusive)

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Greenwell becomes the site's first female chief editor and replaces the promoted Tim Marchman.

Megan Greenwell was announced on Tuesday as the next editor-in-chief of the Gizmodo Media Group sports publication Deadspin. Greenwell becomes the site's fifth chief editor, and the first woman to hold the post at a site that has struggled in the past with gender diversity.

Greenwell steps in for Tim Marchman, who in December was tapped to head up Gizmodo Media Group's Special Projects desk. 

"Megan is a true storyteller with brilliant ideas and a long track record of amplifying unique and diverse voices," Gizmodo Media Group editorial director Susie Banikarim wrote in a memo to staff. "She comes to GMG with deep and varied journalism experience and a career built on doing what Deadspin already does better than anyone else in sports: telling stories others can't or won't. She has consistently impressed me with her passion for the site, its history and its future."

Greenwell most recently served as executive features editor for Esquire.com, and has worked as a senior editor for ESPN The Magazine. She also helped New York magazine's The Cut launch a digital features program.

"I have been a fan of Deadspin since its earliest days, so it is a tremendous honor to lead its next chapter," Greenwell said. "Though many have tried, no one has replicated the site's unique voice and perspective, and I am so excited to oversee an ever more ambitious use of that one-of-a-kind platform to cover sports topics from the serious to the silly."

Marchman took over for Tommy Craggs as editor of Deadspin, then a part of Gawker Media Group, in 2015. His appointment was inadvertently announced by Craggs on an episode of Deadspin founder Will Leitch's podcast and then confirmed in a humorous manner by the site.

Gawker Media Group, minus the flagship Gawker.com, was acquired by Univision in 2016 and renamed Gizmodo Media Group.