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New York Times vet Schiesel takes Xbox comms boss role

New York Times vet Schiesel takes Xbox comms boss role

Journalist Seth Schiesel has been hired by Microsoft's Xbox brand.

As spotted by, the media vet announced the news on Twitter saying that he had taken on the role of director of executive communications.

Schiesel previously worked at The Boston Globe as an editorial writer before holding a business reporter role at The New York Times between 1996 and 2003. At that point, he became a tech features writer, but two years later moved to the Culture section of at the illustrious publication.

Recently, he has been a contributing editor at Politico's tech website, Protocol, as a contributing editor.

"Interactive entertainment is the world's most dynamic industry," Schiesel wrote on Twitter.

"And gamers are a force for good. That's why I am so thrilled to join Team Xbox as director of executive communications. Together, we will continue to extend the joy and community of gaming to people everywhere.

"As I transition from journalism, I'd like to give a huge shoutout of gratitude to my former colleagues at The Times and especially to my more recent colleagues at Protocol. Protocol is doing incredible work on tech as a locus of power and I eagerly await what's next."

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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