Media Moves: Anna Holmes Leaving Editor-in-Chief Position at Jezebel


Anna Holmes just announced on — the Gawker Media “ladyblog” she launched as editor three years ago — that she’ll be leaving the site at the end of the month.

Holmes writes:

Later this month, after three amazing, unbelievably rewarding years as founder/editor-in-chief of Jezebel, I will be leaving the site. My last day as EIC will be June 30, at which point the lovely and amazing Jessica Coen – who came on board earlier this year after much begging and pleading on my part – will be taking over the top spot. For the rest of the summer I’ll be working and consulting on book and TV projects for the site, traveling, writing, and getting some much-needed sleep. More to come in the weeks ahead but for now: thanks to all.

Jezebel launched three years ago to much noise when they put out a $10,000 bounty for an untouched cover photo from a glossy womens’ magazine, and got it. Since then, under Holmes, Jezebel has cultivated an insanely devoted readership and culture set far apart from mainstream glossies by breaking news and running lengthy features and narratives that have kept the site growing since.

Jessica Coen, Jezebel’s next-in-line, was an editor at Gawker from August 2004 to September 2006, before going to Vanity Fair for a few months, and then New York, where she remained until March, when she joined Jezebel (and the ranks of Gawker Media again).