Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell sent an internal email yesterday announcing that SB Nation Editor-In-Chief Elena Bergeron will be stepping down after two years on the job.
I’m writing today to announce that Elena Bergeron – our Editor In Chief of SB Nation – will be stepping down March 15. As the first ever EIC of SB Nation, Elena held a deep commitment to high-quality editorial content, building communities of creators, and serving a diverse network of 75 million passionate fans. Under her leadership, SB Nation reached more fans across the country than ever before, launched a network of over 75 podcasts, produced its first television show, grew its YouTube audience over 200% and won its first ASME. Elena also advocated for great writers and quality storytelling, hiring some of the most diverse talent in sports writing today and steering some of SB Nation’s most ambitious work – from documenting the premier soccer league in Kenya’s largest refugee camp to creating an NABJ award-winning timeline coverage of the Colin Kaepernick saga.
The email was first published by Deadspin. That site noted that Bergeron was hired in March of 2017 to right the ship after the fan-generated content model led to several controversies including accusations of plagiarism and a story that painted a former Eastern Michigan football player and Oklahoma City police officer in a sympathetic light despite his conviction for multiple sexual assaults.
Bergeron will stay with Vox to oversee the transition for SB Nation’s next Editor-In-Chief. A job posting has been created online for the role. In the meantime, Ryan Nanni will fill the role on an interim basis. He had been serving as SB Nation’s executive producer and part of the site’s popular college football podcast The Shutdown Fullcast.