Elizabeth Spiers

Elizabeth Spiers (born December 11, 1976) is an American web publisher and journalist, the founding editor of Gawker, a media gossip blog.

Elizabeth Spiers in 2003

From February 2011 until August 2012 she was the editor of The New York Observer.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Spiers was born in Wetumpka, Alabama, and attended local schools. After graduating from Duke University in 1999 with a degree in public policy, Spiers headed to Wall Street to work in finance, but soon became involved in the fast-growing blog industry.


Spiers started to work in journalism as the founding editor of Gawker.com and later became a contributing writer and editor at New York magazine. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, Fortune, Fast Company and The New York Post, among other publications.

She worked briefly after that as the editor-in-chief of mediabistro.com, a site offering resources for media professionals. Since then, Spiers has founded a number of blog sites through her company, Dead Horse Media (as in the proverb "don't beat a dead horse"). The New York Times' DealBook wrote of her in 2006, "It is clear that an online empire is on Elizabeth Spiers's mind."[2] Dead Horse Media has produced Dealbreaker, a gossip website about Wall Street; AbovetheLaw, a blog about law; Fashionista, a gossip site about fashion; and Supermogul, a now defunct business management site. Spiers left Dead Horse Media abruptly on April 19, 2007, citing differences with her partners over launching new properties, according to BusinessWeek.[3]

Jared Kushner hired Spiers as the editor of The New York Observer in February 2011.[4] She resigned from the paper in August 2012.[1] Spiers was the editorial director of Flavorpill from 2012 to 2016.[5]

Spiers has been a guest speaker at various media and technology conferences. She has also been a guest commentator for CNN, Fox News, MarketWatch, MSNBC and VH1.


  1. ^ a b "I worked for Jared Kushner. He's the wrong businessman to reinvent government." by Elizabeth Spiers, The Washington Post, 30 March 2017
  2. ^ "Former Gawker Editor Sews Up Fashion Site, and More". The New York Times. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ Fine, Jon (2007-04-19). "Elizabeth Spiers Leaves Dead Horse Media". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  4. ^ "Taking on Blogs, New York Observer Hires Former Gawker Editor". The New York Times. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Flavorpill is hiring! (And I won't be there.) – Elizabeth Spiers". Retrieved 2017-12-07.

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