When Heather Dietrick joined The Daily Beast in 2017, she brought a lot of Gawker with her, both literally and figuratively.

Within months of arriving at the IAC-owned news title, the 37-year-old had installed former Gawker colleagues as chief revenue and product officers, who got right to work guiding the Beast toward affiliate commerce. By then, employees were already quite familiar with Dietrick’s direct, no-bullshit managerial style, which she says was influenced partly by Gawker’s ethos of radical transparency. And almost one year into her tenure, her first hand-picked editor-in-chief, Noah Schachtman, quickly proved that the Beast’s newsroom would remain sharp-tongued while getting even more scoop-obsessed, a distant cousin of Gawker’s enfant terrible personality.

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