'Pitchfork' Founder Ryan Schreiber Steps Down

The editor-in-chief first launched the music publication in 1995
'Pitchfork' Founder Ryan Schreiber Steps Down
After launching Pitchfork back in 1995, founder/editor-in-chief Ryan Schreiber is stepping down from his post at the long-running music publication.

Following over two decades at Pitchfork, Schreiber made the announcement of his departure public today via a memo to staff sent by Pitchfork's current owner Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg.

"I am immensely proud of all we've accomplished with Pitchfork. Its journey has been thrilling every step of the way, from its dial-up roots to its present-day status as an award-winning media company whose name is synonymous with the best in music journalism and events," the memo read.

Schreiber added, "I'll always treasure what we've created and the wonderful friends I've made along the way. It's been a wild ride for all of us and I'll miss it, but looking to the future is a thrilling prospect. I'm excited to get to work on what's next."

You can read his statement below. In an interview with Billboard, 42-year-old Schreiber said his decision to leave Pitchfork behind was about a year in the making. The media company is now under control of Condé Nast — the media giant that purchased the company in 2015 — and new editor-and-chief Puja Patel, who joined the publication back in September.

As for Schreiber's future plans, he remained somewhat vague but told Billboard the following:

I'm at a point in my life where I feel I have more to offer ... and the idea of giving myself over to something new really excites me. I don't want to be defined in my life by just one thing. I feel like, in a sense, I've kind of beat the game. Pitchfork has evolved from just a seed of an idea to become a giant in music journalism and in the publishing world and in the events world and in the festival world. I've done so much with this platform and it's been super rewarding and it's been really amazing, but I feel like this is the time if I want to do something else and this is a particularly great time in terms of technology and how things are evolving.

Fresh out of high school, Schreiber came up for the idea of Pitchfork in late 1995, initially creating the magazine in Minneapolis. It was at first called Turntable but was renamed Pitchfork in 1996. The publication eventually relocated to its current home base of Chicago in 1999.

In 2015, Pitchfork was purchased by Condé Nast, but in the wake of the sale, Schreiber remained on staff as editor-in-chief.