Adam Serwer will become BuzzFeed’s new national editor. Serwer is currently a reporter at MSNBC and worked for Mother Jones before that.
Serwer will lead a small desk of “people whose beats kind of fall outside of the other things we have,” BuzzFeed Deputy Editor-in-Chief Shani Hilton said in a phone call. Serwer’s mandate is to do “stories that matter to our country,” Hilton said.
He’ll kick off his job working with Katie J.M. Baker and Jessica Testa, covering sexual assaults on campuses. Serwer’s beats will expand to include social justice, climate change “and criminal justice will be a part of it, too,” Hilton said.
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Serwer’s desk will have dedicated reporters — Hilton didn’t know how many yet — and staffers in other verticals, particularly BuzzFeed’s breaking news operation, will work through him to do stories like Mike Hayes’ “The Life and Last Days of Jordan Davis.”
Hilton said she expects Serwer to make the transition from reporter to editor well — he’s “that kind of annoying editor that makes your piece better,” she said of sharing stories with him as a friend.… Read more