April 16th, 2010

Portland blogger extraordinaire Marshall Kirkpatrick promoted to co-editor of leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb


Portland blogger extraordinaire Marshall Kirkpatrick promoted to co-editor of leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb

I have two secrets to share that aren’t really secrets. But I’ll pretend they are. And you can pretend that you haven’t been paying attention… Wait a second. You have been paying attention, haven’t you?

Okay, anyway. Secret one: Portland loves Marshall Kirkpatrick. Secret two: ReadWriteWeb—one of the leading blogs in the world—is a Portland blog.

So what happens when ReadWriteWeb promotes Portland’s favorite blogging son to co-editor? We get happy, that’s what.

I’m pleased to announce that long-time ReadWriteWeb blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick is officially now our Co-Editor, sharing editor duties with yours truly Richard MacManus. When I founded this site almost 7 years to the day, I was the lone blogger. Today ReadWriteWeb has a team of around 20; and in particular our writing team has grown a lot over the past year.

Given this expansion, we’ve decided to split the Editor role into two: Marshall will lead our daily news team, while I will continue to lead the feature and channel writers.

So what does this mean for Marshall and RWW?

“I’m really excited to make it the center of my job to work closely with our growing team of
writers, build crazy research tools and grind on the news cycle to make the best editorial product we can make,” said Marshall via email. “That stuff isn’t secondary anymore, that’s my main gig. I’ll still be writing a lot too but we’ve got some big cool changes in the works at RWW and I think readers will enjoy it a lot.”

Prior to this position, Marshall served as the Vice President of Content at RWW. He has also worked as a consultant for companies around the world, worked for Portland-startup SplashCast, and held the role of lead blogger for TechCrunch.

Personally, I’d just like to take a second to congratulate Marshall and the whole ReadWriteWeb team. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Marshall as both a consultant and during my brief stint as a writer with ReadWriteWeb. And he’s always served as a trusted and forthright advisor on any number of fronts. Plus, he sends me tips every once in a while. So I should continue to kiss up.

For more on Marshall’s new role, see the ReadWriteWeb post on Marshall’s promotion.

(Image courtesy Randy Stewart. Used under Creative Commons.)


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10 Responses to “Portland blogger extraordinaire Marshall Kirkpatrick promoted to co-editor of leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb”

  1. Thanks Rick, you are too kind. I better go find some more news tips for you :) Thanks for all your continued support over the years.

  2. Congrats Marshall!

  3. Amber Case says:

    Of course, no one is more fitting and deserving of this position than Marshall! What an amazing and irreplaceable person. I’ve never encountered someone so innovative or inspiring. Congratulations and best of luck to him!

  4. Good choice. Not only a great guy but one hell of a news hound. His technical know how and his ability to apply that technology to make sense of it all is what has always impressed me about Marshall.

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