Lesbian journalist Lydia Polgreen, the editorial director of NYT Global at The New York Times, has been named Huffington Post’s editor-in-chief.
Polgreen’s credentials include working as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times in Africa and Asia. She later became the editorial director for NYT Global.
She will be taking the place of Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of the publication and former editor-in-chief. Huffington will be leaving to focus on her wellness startup Thrive Global.
Huffington tweeted a picture of herself with Polgreen and Polgreen’s wife following the announcement.
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
Polgreen spoke to The New York Times about her departure calling it an “unmissable opportunity.”
“This is not about leaving The Times. This is about seeing a really big opportunity that I frankly didn’t go looking for but came to me, and wanting to grasp it,” Polgreen says.