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The Markup hires Wei as editor in chief

August 2, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

Sisi Wei

Technology news site The Markup has hired Sisi Wei as its editor in chief.

Wei will assume editorial leadership and operational oversight for all functions of The Markup’s newsroom.

Wei succeeds Julia Angwin, who remains with The Markup as founder and editor-at-large. Stephen J. Adler, formerly the top editor at Reuters, has been serving as interim editor-in-chief at The Markup in recent months.

“The Markup’s mission to investigate and hold to account how technology is shaping our society is absolutely crucial, especially at this moment in history. I cannot wait to continue The Markup’s powerful focus on genuine impact, and ensure that as a newsroom, we’re working deeply with communities to hold powerful institutions and algorithms accountable, and equipping the public with the information and tools we all need to make change,” said Wei in a statement.

Wei joins The Markup from her role as co-executive director of OpenNews, a community of developers, designers, journalists, and editors solving problems to create a stronger, more representative, and ascendant journalism field. As part of her work, Wei founded the DEI Coalition For Anti-Racist, Equitable, And Just Newsrooms in 2020, and led more than 100 members of the journalism community in co-creating and launching the DEI Coalition Slack space in March 2021.

Previously, she was the assistant managing editor at ProPublica, during which she edited and managed news apps, graphics, visual investigations, and large, interdisciplinary projects — including co-editing a project that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2020.

In 2021, Wei won the Gwen Ifill Award, which honors a remarkable woman journalist of color whose work embodies Ifill’s legacy of supporting and elevating women of color in news media.

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