Huffington Post has announced its first editor-in-chief today after Arianna Huffington left her namesake company in August. Lydia Polgreen will now head the organisation started by Huffington herself.
Polgreen, who was with The New York Times, will leave the company after being in service for 15 years there and join Huffington, as reported by The Huffington Post. Polgreen was the associate masthead editor and the editorial director of NYT Global in The New York Times.
Some personal news… https://t.co/y65dVspzip
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 6, 2016
After the announcement, she said, “I feel like we’re living in a moment right now where media has to fundamentally rethink its position vis-a-vis power. I think that the election of Donald Trump and the basic difficulty that the media had in anticipating it tells us something really profound about the echo chamber in which we live, the ways in which journalism has failed to reach beyond its own inner limits,” as quoted by NY Mag.
41-year-old Polgreen is a tech-savvy person herself and enthusiastic about new media. She has for most part of her career been associated with a newspaper as NYT has recently gone online. But Polgreen is all excited to take on the new challenge and it has been reported that her focus will be more towards premium news in HP.
Huffington seems to be quite happy with the new change in The Huffington as she tweeted a picture of herself and Lydia with her wife and wrote, “so excited that my successor as EIC of HuffPost will be Lydia Polgreen who I know will take HP to new heights”.
So excited that my successor as EIC of HuffPost will be Lydia Polgreen, who I know will take HP to new heights. Here w/ Lydia & her wife. pic.twitter.com/UBiFLuEKl8
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) December 6, 2016
Picture credit- Semana