Gawker Editor John Cook Joins First Look Media

Cook to serve as editor for The Intercept blog on Pierre Omidyar’s startup news org

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook is leaving the media blog for First Look Media, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s startup news organization, according to multiple media reports.

Cook will join former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald as editor of First Look’s The Intercept blog.

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Greenwald rose to prominence in early 2013 for his series of reports for the U.K. newspaper on National Security Administration surveillance, tipped off by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Cook, who served as Gawker’s editor-in-chief since January 2013, is First Look’s second high-profile hire in as many months. The news startup hired Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi in February.

Gawker deputy editor Max Read is expected to assume Cook’s duties.