Aug 2, 2017

Susie Banikarim named editorial director of Gizmodo Media Group

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Susie Banikarim will be named Editorial Director for Gizmodo Media Group later today, Axios has learned. She will oversee all editorial operations for Gizmodo's eight sites — Gizmodo, Deadspin, the newly-rebranded Splinter, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jalopnik and The Root. She's previously held senior roles at ABC News, Newsweek Daily Beast, and Vocativ.

Why it matters: Banikarim's hire is a reflection of GMG's commitment to diversity (highlighted here by Poynter) across the board, a problem most media companies are grappling with and aiming to fix. She represents women of color, speaks a variety of languages and has a foreign background. (Born in Iran, Susie spoke Farsi and French before she learned English, though she admits she's since forgotten most of the French.)

Go deeper: Banikarim will oversee a portfolio of assets that has a high concentration of young readers. The majority of Gizmodo's sites top the list of news sites with the highest percentage of millennial web traffic, according to Quantcast.

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The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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Hungary's Viktor Orbán granted sweeping powers amid coronavirus crisis

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 737,929 — Total deaths: 35,019 — Total recoveries: 156,507.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 143,055 — Total deaths: 2,513 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. Trump latest: The president brushed aside allegations that China is spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus on "Fox & Friends."
  5. Business updates: Americans are calm about their retirement savings despite coronavirus fallout.
  6. World updates: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will self-isolate after an aide tested positive for coronavirus.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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