Kara Swisher leaving The New York Times; doubling her relationship with Vox Media

Kara Swisher, co-host of the Pivot podcast at Vox Media, and former host of Sway — a current events interview podcast at The New York Times — will leave NYT and start a new Vox show. As yet untitled (at least publicly), it will be another interview format which, according to Vox PR, “will help listeners make sense of the moment through spirited, agenda setting conversations with leaders in business and tech, as well as other industries.”

Swisher is a celebrity interviewer who joined Vox Media in 2015. She subsequently left for the NYT as an opinion writer and podcaster, where her twice-weekly interview show with political, cultural, and technology leaders was promoted in the Opinion section.

Vanity Fair broke the news today of Swisher’s departure, simultaneous with RAIN receiving a notice from Vox about her new podcast there. Vox Media is the parent company of New York Magazine, which is where Swisher will reside in the org chart.

“Vox Media has been a great creative partner over the course of the last seven years,” says Swisher. “So I am incredibly excited to expand my work with them on a new show that will be essential listening for the current moment, as well as continuing working (and sparring) with Scott on building out the Pivot universe across platforms. Be scared – be very scared.”

“It’s been a personal joy and honor of mine to know and work with Kara for over two decades,” says Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff. “She’s a force of nature and the best interviewer in journalism. Vox Media couldn’t be more excited to build off the unparalleled success of the Pivot franchise that we’ve built with her and Scott and to expand our partnership with her.”


Brad Hill