Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers created the American blog Gawker, which is based in New York City and focuses on celebrities and the media business. As of 2015, the website received over 23 million hits each month, according to SimilarWeb.
Celebrity and media business rumours, criticisms of major news organisations, and New York-focused articles made up the substance of Gawker. The tales mostly originated from anonymous tips from media workers, errors and faux pas discovered by readers and other blogs in news items, and original reporting.
Jesse Oxfeld claimed it was an effort to make the blog more mainstream and less media-focused when publisher Nick Denton replaced him with Alex Balk on July 3, 2006, ending a tradition of extensive media coverage at Gawker.
In November 2015, Denton informed the staff that the site would stop covering New York and the media industry and instead concentrate on politics.
Gawker came under fire for publishing conversations, videos, and other material that infringed owner privacy rights, copyrights, or both. The release of a sex tape starring Hulk Hogan by Gawker prompted Hogan to file a lawsuit against the website for breach of privacy. Gawker Media made the announcement that its self-titled site would shut down the following week on August 18, 2016. On August 22, 2016, the website’s founder Nick Denton published the last article.
On July 12, 2018, Bryan Goldberg, the proprietor of Bustle and Elite Daily, paid less than $1.5 million for Gawker.com in a bankruptcy auction.
After leaving the Financial Times, journalist Nick Denton launched Gawker in 2002. Elizabeth Spiers edited the original version. After Spiers left Gawker, Choire Sicha, a former art dealer, took her place. Six months after receiving his promotion, Sicha left for the New York Observer.
For the newly formed job of managing editor, Gawker Media hired Chris Mohney, formerly of the travel site Gridskipper.
Coen posted on Gawker on September 28, 2006, announcing her departure to take a position as deputy web editor at Vanity Fair. Balk and co-editor Emily Gould were both in charge of the Gawker website. Along with starting to write for the website, associate editor Maggie Shnayerson took over for Doree Shafrir, who left in September 2007 to work for the New York Observer.