Meredith Haggerty joins Racked
Meredith Haggerty, the former host of Internet and technology podcast "TLDR" who left the program earlier this year, has landed at Racked, the site announced today.
Haggerty started Tuesday as Racked's reports editor, a new position for the Vox Media style publication. There, she will be responsible for overseeing its medium-length original reporting, which will include features, Q and A's and columns.
"I'll be working with Racked's fantastic team on new ideas, awesome columnists on their awesome columns, and bringing in an exciting roster of writers, making sure their industry reports are as compelling, thorough, and fun-to-read as possible," Haggerty told Poynter via email. "I will also be trying to eat breakfast in the mornings, but that is more of a personal goal."
Haggerty's appointment fits in with a reorientation of Racked, which in recent months has announced its intentions to focus more on original journalism. In February, the publication relaunched its website, announced plans to add five staffers and bolster its video, news and analysis offerings.
Haggerty's left "TLDR" in March under unclear circumstances. Although she tweeted that the show had been cancelled, WNYC said that the show would continue on in "exploratory mode." The last episode of "TLDR" listed on "On the Media"'s website is timestamped March 5.
Though Haggerty says she will miss the hosting the program, she added that the new job is closer to her bailiwick.
"This transition is a lot more natural for me than transitioning from writer/editor to host; I was previously the features editor at Nerve.com," she wrote. "Prior to that I was a book editor for Grand Central Publishing. I'm an editor at heart, and I'm really excited to be working closely with writers again."