Vox Media has fired editorial director Lockhart Steele for misconduct.
“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media,” the memo said.”Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates those who have been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation.”
Vox declined to elaborate further on Steele’s conduct, but it is widely believed that the investigation was linked to a post on Medium titled “Why I’m not surprised when I hear that powerful men are f—ing creeps” by Eden Rohatensky. The post alleges misconduct from more than one Vox employee.
For those unfamiliar with Steele, he had founded and was the chief executive officer of the Curbed sites, consisting of Curbed, Racked and Eater. A former editorial director of Gawker Media, Steele sold the blogs to Vox Media in 2013. He then joined Vox Media as editorial director and had been one of the company’s more recognizable faces.
The decision to terminate Steele follows the circulation of a Google Doc called “Shitty Media Men List.” It was compiled in the days following the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal story, in which the Hollywood mogul was exposed for decades of alleged sexual misconduct.