Microsoft founder Bill Gates will be the first guest editor of The Verge, according to a release from the technology site.
In February, Gates will work with Verge staffers to “develop weekly content features” that correspond to major issues outlined in the 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation annual letter, including health, education, food and banking. He will also narrate four episodes of “The Big Future,” The Verge’s animated explainer series, according to the release.
The Verge promises to run “serious independent journalism” related to the themes laid out in Gates’ annual letter, according to an announcement by Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel:
Gates is our guest editor, but we have promised his team that we’ll do serious independent journalism against these themes; we will present a complete picture of this future to you. It’s going to be exciting.
Patel quipped that Gates’ temporary editorship was the cause for some relaxation:
I needed a month off, so I'm letting @BillGates edit The Verge in February.