Jen Glennon named editor in chief of Kotaku


G/O Media today named seasoned journalist Jen Glennon as editor in chief of Kotaku, one of the nation’s leading digital media outlets for gaming news. She starts on Oct. 10.

Glennon is a longtime gaming editor who joins Kotaku from Inverse, where she most recently served as senior gaming editor, a role in which she directed the vision and scope of the gaming team. During her tenure, she cemented her reputation as a formidable editor of both breaking news and longform pieces. Last year, Glennon shepherded an award-winning feature by Grant Stoner on Elden Ring’s breakthrough customizations options that made the game more accessible for disabled players. Under her tutelage, Inverse’s gaming vertical was singled out by AdWeek for achieving significant traffic growth.

Prior to that she was Newsweek’s deputy editor for entertainment and gaming, and also managing editor at Player.One, Newsweek’s gaming vertical. Glennon also worked as associate editor at iDigitalTimes and as a freelance writer.

Glennon will report to Lea Goldman, G/O Media’s deputy editorial director, and will work closely with Kotaku Managing Editor Carolyn Petit to scale the brand’s reach among gaming enthusiasts. “Jen is a supremely talented leader with a deep respect for Kotaku’s reputation in the category as an authentic, fearless voice for all gamers,” said Goldman. “Jen’s addition to our talented staff is a milestone moment for the brand. Kotaku is clearly the one to watch.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to take the helm at Kotaku at such a pivotal time in the world of gaming,” said Glennon. “Kotaku has led the way on incisive, thought-provoking storytelling about games for nearly two decades, and it is an enormous privilege to lead such a talented team of writers and editors. I look forward to building on the site’s longstanding tradition of stellar reporting and commentary.”

Glennon, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has a PhD in Philosophy, as well as a Master’s Degree in English, from Oxford. Her favorite games are Earthbound, Final Fantasy 7 and the Yakuza series. 

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