Tony Merevick is a journalist, editor, content strategist, and people leader with more than a decade of experience in digital media, including at top digital publishers BuzzFeed, Group Nine Media, and Vox Media. Merevick is the Managing Editor at Thrillist, where he oversees editorial processes and operations, leads strategic content planning, and carries out the creative vision of the brand with the senior leadership team. He previously led the site’s News vertical after joining the team in 2015.
Merevick’s interest in journalism and passion for storytelling at a young age led him to an early start in the field. He was 15 years-old when he covered Lollapalooza as credentialed press. Then a budding music journalist, he interviewed acts such as Of Montreal, The Dandy Warhols, The Dresden Dolls, among others—all before he could legally have a beer with them in the shade of the press tent.
He went on to study Journalism with a focus on magazines at Columbia College Chicago. In 2011, he was accepted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Internship Program and was placed on the iPad/digital magazine team at O, The Oprah Magazine that summer. He graduated from Columbia the next year.
It was during those four formative years at Columbia that he co-founded Chicago Phoenix, a revolutionary, digital-first LGBTQ+ news publication, as a response to the city’s rapidly declining independent queer media.
His relentless reporting on the long fight for marriage equality in Illinois eventually brought him to BuzzFeed News in 2013 as a breaking news reporter covering the national LGBTQ+ beat. Merevick’s reporting earned him a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Media Article in 2015.
After BuzzFeed, his interest in local news and lifestyle topics such as travel, food, and drink brought him to Thrillist, where he was tasked with spearheading the brand’s first organized foray into news coverage. He was promoted from Editorial Director of News to Managing Editor in 2021.
While he’ll always be a Chicagoan at heart and a proud New Yorker, he currently lives in Austin with his husband and their dogs, Gladys and Esme.