Vice News’ managing editor Kevin Dolak has left the company for Newsweek.
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Dolak, who served as the initial editorial hire who helped launch Vice’s News vertical in 2014, has been named Newsweek’s executive editor of digital. Dolak, who is on his second day at the IBT Media-owned publication, told WWD that he looks forward to getting back to reporting and editing.
“I’m going to be heavily editing and assigning, but there are writing opportunities here,” he explained. “I am a reporter and an editor. I hope to get some bylines in the magazine.”
At Vice, Dolak concentrated more on international news stories, but he also helped develop the company’s business, health, environment and national news sections.
Asked why he left Vice, which is arguably the buzziest media company around right now, Dolak spoke in the third person. He offered that some people leave for “personal reasons, some for professional reasons, and others where they see more opportunities in their careers.”
His move to Newsweek will also afford him the chance to cover general news, including culture and entertainment, as he had at ABC News, where he served as a homepage editor and writer.
Newsweek has been in reshuffle mode recently under U.S. editor in chief Jim Impoco. In July, the company cut its international editor Richard Addis, and shifted its reporting structure. Global editors report to Impoco, who is based in New York. At the time, Newsweek stressed that it would still turn out a robust international print and digital report, despite organizational changes.
Dolak’s hire will help beef up international coverage, according to Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim. “Kevin’s experience at large, consumer-facing news outlets and his strong investigative and international chops will help us as we continue to grow our audience for Newsweek.com,” she said.
Dolak succeeds Newsweek homepage editor Grant Burningham, who transitions to his new role as technology editor and relocates to San Francisco.
WWD reached out to Vice regarding Dolak’s successor, but did not receive a response by press time. Vice, which is currently advertising the job opening on its site, is also said to be in the market for an editor to run its daily HBO newscast. Former Bloomberg chief content officer Josh Tyrangiel has been rumored to be in talks with Vice regarding a role at the Brooklyn-based company. When he tendered his resignation from Bloomberg last week, Tyrangiel told The New York Times that he has a job lined up, adding: “I’ve always loved documentaries, visual news. It’s an itch I want to scratch.”