Which Gamespot lead writer gets your vote in a contest between the two.
Jeff Gerstmann's been at GS since the beginning, and after surviving the great controversy of giving Zelda: Twilight Princess an 8.8/10, he got terminated after giving an unflattering review of Kane and Lynch Dead Men. After, he founded the website GiantBomb. He is arguably THE face of video game journalism.
Then, there's Kevin VanOrd, who started off in GS, as the new guy, but after the original Gamespot crew left, he worked his way up the ranks and restored the reputation of the website. Today, he is still their chief editor and has done a fine job.
I wholeheartedly concede that Kevin is a much better writer, and when it came to the technical aspect of writing reviews, Gerstmann was average at best. Jeff was more like a video game fan whereas Kevin was moreso the journalist. Jeff often analyzed the mechanics of gameplay and wrote the reviews in context of recommending it to a friend. Kevin often writes his reviews as social commentary weighing the game's artistic merits, like an editorial on a newspaper.
So yeah, Kevin was the better reviewer, but Jeff simply represented everything I liked the most about Gamespot. Particularly, the era I have fond memories with. The company (Alex, Ryan, Brad, and friends) he kept. His casual style, or his unabashed honesty. Kevin feels like a highly esteemed (though still very humble) professional writer, but Jeff felt like a friend.
So, I'll go with Jeff on this one.