Apr 17, 2024 - Technology

Daily Beast to cover tech moguls as exotic species

Photo of Daily Beast ad for Lauren Sanchez correspondent

The Daily Beast's job posting shows Lauren Sánchez and Jeff Bezos arriving at last week's White House State Dinner honoring Japan. Via X

The Daily Beast, under new leadership announced this week, is seeking a full-time reporter to cover Lauren Sánchez, fiancée of Jeff Bezos (posting above).

Why it matters: The Beast plans to cover tech moguls and their ecosystem, as part of the site's return to its roots as a "smart tabloid."

  • The website also plans aggressive coverage of the royals, in an effort to show up ink-stained Brits.

Catch me up: Beast owner Barry Diller has granted a stake of just under 50% to two well-known media executives — Ben Sherwood, former Disney executive and ABC News president, and Joanna Coles, former chief content officer of Hearst Magazines — to turn around the money-losing property.

Between the lines: Sherwood and Coles plan to return to founding editor Tina Brown's vision at the Beast's launch in 2008 — hungry coverage that's fun, biting and mischievous.

What they're saying: "I've never seen anybody land on the radar of Americans as fast and as brilliantly as Lauren Sánchez," Coles told the New York Post.

  • "What I love about her is that she's so clearly having so much fun, she is just enjoying herself and there's a time of deep seriousness in the world. It's wonderful to see someone who's having such an unapologetically good time. ... There is no detail too small that I am not fascinated by."

What's next: Look for the Beast to advertise soon for a senior Nicole Shanahan correspondent to cover the Bay Area lawyer and philanthropist, who's the 2024 running mate of RFK Jr.

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