The Kernel




Our Team


Nicholas White
Editor-in-Chief and CEO

Austin Powell
Managing Editor

Josh Rubin
Executive Producer & Managing Director, Video

Matt Silverman
Director of Audience Engagement

Jesse Hicks
Kernel Editor

Fernando Alfonso III
Art Director

Taylor Hatmaker
Tech Editor

Kevin Morris
Esports Editor

Monica Riese
Entertainment Editor

Sarah Weber
Geek Editor

Nico Lang
Opinion Editor

Andrew Couts
Politics Editor

Miles Klee
LOL Editor

Audra Schroeder
Weekend Editor, Entertainment Reporter

Ramon Ramirez
Evening Editor

Eric Geller
Deputy Morning Editor

Derrick Clifton
Deputy Opinion Editor

Evan Weiss
Social Media Editor

Kevin Collier
Senior Politics Reporter

Patrick Howell O'Neill
Senior Writer

Aja Romano
Staff Writer

Dennis Scimeca
Staff Writer

Samuel Lingle
Esports Staff Reporter

Rae Votta
YouTube Staff Reporter

Aaron Sankin
Staff Writer

Michelle Jaworski
Staff Writer

Selena Larson
Staff Writer

Richard Lewis
Contributing Writer

Jared Wynne
Staff Writer

Dylan Love
Staff Writer

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
Staff Writer

Mike Wehner
Staff Writer

Marisa Kabas
Staff Writer

Gabe Bergado
Staff Writer

Jason Reed

Angela Lashbrook
Assistant Social Media Editor

Greg Seals
Social Producer

Ian Barker
Video Producer

Mary Emily O'Hara
LGBT Writer

Melanie Price
Assistant Syndication Editor

Efren Salinas
Senior Producer - Video

Aly Keves
Realtime Social Editor

Contributing Writers

Samantha Allen, Ikenna Anyoku, Ben Branstetter, Dell Cameron, Olivia Cole, Kate Conger, Patrick deHahn, Ned Donovan, Mike Fenn, Lisa Granshaw, Tom Harrington, Nimrod Kamer, Joey Keeton, Imad Khan, Carly Lanning, Callum Leslie, Dan Marcus, Dominick Mayer, Ferguson Mitchell, Miri Mogilevsky, Peter Nowak, Chris Osterndorf, Simon Owens, Nayomi Reghay, Matt Rosza, Elizabeth Robinson, Tim Sampson, Jaya Saxena, S.E. Smith, Greg Stevens, Myles Tanzer, Anthony Tao, Lindy West

Business & Marketing

Robert Mohundro
Chief Operating Officer

Tiffany M. Bennett
HR Analyst

Mike Waller
Online Traffic Acquisition Manager

Logan Youree
Business Intelligence and Operations Manager

Melanie Lessen
Executive Assistant to CEO

Michael Cascio
Chief Revenue Officer

David Flynn
General Manager of Agency

Mike Foley
Director of Programmatic Sales

Zackary Krantz
Account Executive

Andrew Schlenger
Brand Strategist

Nick McBurney
Art Director


Jason Novinger
Software Engineer

Grant Robertson
Software and Data Engineer

Mike Dunn
Senior Software Engineer

Aaron Starr
Junior Web Developer

Founding Team Bios

The Daily Dot was founded in September of 2010 by CEO Nicholas White and his cofounders, Nova Spivack & Josh Jones-Dilworth.

Nicholas White, Cofounder and CEO: Nick is a sixth-generation journalist and it is figuratively true that he has ink running in his veins. A lover of newsrooms everywhere, Nick was formerly with Sandusky Newspapers, where he was most recently vice president of audience for its Midwest division. He still sits on Sandusky’s board of directors. He has two dogs, Hunter and Oscar, named for Hunter S. Thompson and Thompson’s attorney, Oscar Acosta.

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Nova Spivack, Cofounder and Director: Nova is a serial entrepreneur and Internet visionary. He has started and sold several companies, is an active angel investor and startup advisor and runs a highly regarded venture incubator. He is widely published and regularly speaks on the future of search, social media and the Web. He's been to space, too.

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Josh Jones-Dilworth, Cofounder and Director:Josh has jumped into every body of water he has ever encountered. He founded Jones-Dilworth, Inc. (JDI) in June of 2009 and currently serves as CEO. JDI is a boutique consultancy that brings emerging technologies and new ventures like The Daily Dot to market. Josh is an advisor to over a dozen companies, and an active angel investor. He is a frequent teacher, speaker and guest writer on marketing, with a particular emphasis on "brains, bots and bodies." Previously, Josh spent 5 years at top global agency Porter Novelli, specializing in digital strategy. Josh also went to NYU film school and was a producer of narrative films. In 2002, he and Nicholas White cofounded Eighty-Watt Cinema, a New-York based production company, their first venture together. Josh blogs at You should follow him at

We are a team that combines dedicated Web and new media innovators with traditional newsroom experience and expertise. We are committed to the best practices of hyperlocal and community journalism, reinforced by new standards of data-assisted storytelling, social distribution, and iterative reporting.

We are also most definitely hiring. If you love and live Web communities, whether you’re a professional journalist or an enthusiast, we want to hear from you:

Advisory Board

  • Higinio Maycotte, CEO, Umbel, Founder and Lead, Armstrong News Platform, Board of Directors, Texas Tribune
  • Jacob Mullins, CEO at ExitRound
  • Allen Morgan, Managing Director New Ventures, Idealab
  • Troy Williams, President of Macmillan New Ventures