Wired hires Gizmodo editor Brown

Joe Brown

Joe Brown, the editor of tech news site Gizmodo, is leaving to become Wired magazine’s New York editor.

Peter Kafka of All Things D writes, “Brown will be Wired’s ‘New York editor,’ a new role that will have him weighing in on the brand’s magazine, tablet edition and website. It’s his second time at Wired, where he had previously worked as a deputy to then-gadget-boss Mark McClusky. McClusky now runs the company’s website, under new editor in chief Scott Dadich.

“Gawker Media owner Nick Denton hasn’t named a replacement for Brown, who ran the site for the last two years; veteran Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson will lead a search for a new editor. ‘We’re looking for someone with design background,’ Denton says.

“This one seems like an amicable Denton/editor breakup. Here’s Brown’s take, delivered via IM (he’s still a Gawker employee, after all): ‘I’ve had an amazing few years at Gizmodo — the team here is among the best in any business, and I love them like family. But I am pumped about going home to Wired. With Scott and the team he’s put in place, it’s like we’re getting the band back together.’ [UPDATE: And here's more from Brown, who is also an extremely patient Pai gow poker tutor.]“

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