Vox Media Fires Editorial Director Lockhart Steele Over Sexual Misconduct

Late on Thursday, it was announced that Vox Media had fired its editorial director Lockhart Steele over sexual misconduct.

In a message sent out to employees by Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, he confirmed that Steele was terminated “effective immediately.”

Hi team, I am writing to let you know that earlier this evening Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media.

Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues.  Anyone with information should contact our external investigation leads.

Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates everyone who has been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation.

Allegations against Steele were first shared on the “Sh*tty Media Men” spreadsheet list that went viral of women’s stories of sexual harassment within the media industry. He allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with an employee.


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