|Intro||American blogger and website executive|
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Owen Thomas (born March 30, 1972) is an American blogger, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is the business editor at The San Francisco Chronicle.
He was the founding executive editor of The Daily Dot and former executive editor of VentureBeat. He was the managing editor of Valleywag, a Gawker Media gossip and news blog about Silicon Valley personalities that bills itself as a “tech gossip rag”.
Thomas is a 1994 graduate of the University of Chicago. Thomas first worked at Suck.com, and then later at the former technology magazine Business 2.0.
He was managing editor of the Silicon Valley gossip web-site, Valleywag, before leaving to run NBC’s local site for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Thomas does some on screen commentary in the film Revenge of the Electric Car.
In 2013, Thomas was named as Editor-in-Chief of ReadWrite. He joined the San Francisco Chronicle in 2016.
Thomas replaced Nick Denton as the managing editor of Valleywag on July 6, 2007. Valleywag, a two-man operation, was written mostly by Thomas, with help from its former editor, Nick Douglas.
In 2007, Thomas outed Peter Thiel as gay in Valleywag. In response, Thiel secretly funded lawsuits by third parties against Gawker Media, Valleywag’s parent. Thiel’s role came to light in the aftermath of the Bollea v. Gawker verdict, which awarded Bollea, known professionally as Hulk Hogan, $140 million after Gawker published a sex tape of him. Thomas contends that Thiel’s sexuality was already “known to a wide circle”, so his coverage did not constitute an outing.