BuzzFeed hires Wired’s Honan to run its Silicon Valley bureau
Mat Honan, the high-profile Wired writer and editor, has been hired by Buzzfeed to be its new Silicon Valley bureau chief, reports Kara Swisher of Re/code.
Swisher writes, “The online news site, which has been on a tear of late with a giant funding and high-profile scoops, is planning to build out a significant presence in the tech center. It will be Buzzfeed’s eighth bureau.
“‘Tech is no longer a niche beat — it’s at the heart of the biggest cultural and economic transformations in the world, and we are eager to tell that story in a compelling, enterprising, independent, and creative way. Mat is a rare journalist who has always understood that tech coverage can’t be put in a box, and we are thrilled he’ll be bringing his vision and sheer energy to BuzzFeed News,’ said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief.
“‘BuzzFeed is one of the most ambitious companies in media, or any other field, and I’m incredibly excited to lead the San Francisco bureau for BuzzFeed News. Our coverage will be aggressive and bold, like our hiring, and we’ll look to do the kind of authoritative reporting that asks questions and gets real answers from the most powerful people in this industry. I can’t wait to get started,’ said Honan.”
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