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Newser, LLC
Newser black.png
Type Private
Founded October 2007; 8 years ago (2007-10)
Headquarters United States
Founder(s) Michael Wolff
President Kate Seamons
CEO Patrick Spain
Key people Viola Riabo, Director of Business Operations
Evann Gastaldo, Managing Editor
Employees 15
Slogan(s) "Read less, know more"
Alexa rank Negative increase 6,669 (May 2015)[1]
Type of site News aggregation website
Advertising Yes
Registration Optional
Current status Online

Newser is a news aggregation website based in the United States. It was founded by liberal columnist Michael Wolff in October 2007.[2][3]


The New York Times newspaper threatened legal action against Newser for trademark infringement and posting a photograph without permission.[4]

In April, 2010, Newser was accused of not providing sufficient links or credit to original sources.[5][6]

Editor-in-Chief Caroline Miller left the organization at the end of August 2010.[7] Michael Wolff was named editorial director of AdweekMedia on October 4, 2010.[8] Patrick Spain stepped down as CEO on October 18, 2010.[9]


User interaction is handled by several third-party widgets including ShareThis, AddThis, and the Disqus commenting widget.[10]

"Newser by Users" was a feature from 2010 to 2012, which allowed users to write and upload stories directly to the Newser website without editorial review.[11]

"Off The Grid" was an occasional Newser blog by founder Michael Wolff that was written between 2008 and 2010.[10]

Site statistics[edit]

Newser traffic has been described as low quality referrals from traffic exchanges.[12]

Quantcast traffic statistics for Newser, April 2015:[13]

  • 1,937,759 Monthly Uniques (US)

Compete Site Analytics traffic statistics for Newser, March 2015:[14]

  • 1,595,018 Unique Visitors (US)


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  2. ^ Wolff, Michael (5 January 2012). "Why I love Fox News". Retrieved 22 March 2015. I came to be in possession of this curious information: while all of my fellow liberals believed Ailes to be a brute and a bully, I knew him to be whip-smart, witty, flirtatious, companionable and, as it happens, generous, too … Once, he offered to hire me as a Fox business-news commentator, if that's what I wanted, but counselled that, if I worked for Fox News, I was never likely to be hired by the liberal outlets to which I was more naturally suited. 
  3. ^ Merger Talks Collapse - February 28, 2011
  4. ^ Seward, Zachary (25 February 2009). "NYT threatens news aggregator over use of logo; Newser’s reply: 'I'll put a skull and crossbones in its place'". NiemanLab. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Davis, Wendy (9 April 2010). "Newser To The Wrap: 'We Don't Owe You Squat'". MediaPost. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Krakauer, Steve (11 April 2010). "Michael Wolff To Sharon Waxman: "Man Up And Sue Us, Any Time"". Mediaite. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Blodget, Henry (2010-01-01). "Here’s Why Dilbert Loves Newser". Newser. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  8. ^ Moses, Lucia. "AWM Names Michael Wolff Editorial Director". Adweek. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Newser Appoints Elisabeth Demarse as CEO" (Press release). Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  10. ^ a b What's new on Newser? - October 30, 2008
  11. ^ Michael Wolff Launches 'Newser By Users' Grid: 'Rupert Murdoch's Worst Nightmare' - March 17, 2010
  12. ^ Why did Newser’s traffic fall off a cliff? - August 21, 2009
  13. ^ Quantcast profile for Newser
  14. ^ Site Profile for

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