Fusion today promoted Dodai Stewart to Editor-in-Chief, replacing Alexis Madrigal, who returns to writing and producing in his new role as Editor-at-Large. The announcement was made today by Fusion President and Chief Content Officer Daniel Eilemberg.
Here is Madrigal’s memo to staff on the subject:
Dear, Well, Everyone:
I am so excited that as of today Dodai Stewart is our new editor-in-chief. She is brilliant. She is hilarious. She is wise. She is the best possible person in the whole damn world to take on the leadership of this place.
Me, I’ll be our new Editor at Large. But not the got-put-out-to-pasture kind of Editor at Large. I’m going to get back to writing a ton more, focusing on technology, housing, and trade. I’ve got a new podcast about the Port of Oakland, global shipping, and the future of work coming out soon. And of course, there’s the next iteration of Real Future TV to work on. (You can read a little more about my beat in a forthcoming post on Fusion.net).
Back to Dodai. I can pinpoint almost precisely when I knew this day would come. It was about this time last year. I drummed up some reason to call Dodai to talk about Fusion. And before I knew it, an hour had passed and I’d walked four miles across Oakland as we talked about what Fusion was and what it could be.The thought arrived from the ether: this person is going to be the next EIC of Fusion.
Soon thereafter, she got bumped up to become our executive editor, where she has flourished working with teams and helping me manage the complexities of our organization. Day by day, I could see that her understanding of what Fusion was—like at the core of it—was better than anyone’s.
A few months ago, Dodai and I were down in Miami sitting under a palm tree (because when are you not sitting under a palm tree in Miami really) having a drink and I broached the idea with her. I knew she was supposed to be EIC, but I wanted to be sure that she knew that, too.
Of course she did. And Danny did, too.
Practically speaking, it just makes so much sense. First, there are all of her aforementioned talents and skills. Second, she’ll be able to provide more direct management for folks in New York and Miami. And she just happens to know all of our new colleagues at GMG.
For me, leading this team as we built the foundation of Fusion digital has been an honor. I love our culture. I love our people. I believe in our mission. And I think we’re creating something unlike any other media company. Let’s be real, though, too: it’s been really hard. I’ve got two kids under three and I live 3000 miles from most of the edit team. I mean, I’ve taken 16 redeyes in the last year, counting last
night. Have you seen all the new gray in my beard? I earned that shit.
I am very grateful to Danny and our leadership for building a team here that has made a transition like this so easy. We have such strong talent here, and I know that we’re going to keep telling the real stories of our generation. We’ll talk about this transition more on this morning’s editorial call.
I know that I will miss this job so much. But it is in the very best of hands. Dodai, take the wheel. I’ll be here at the keyboard.
All my best,
Alexis, Editor at Large