The Huffington Post Names Lydia Polgreen Editor-in-Chief

The Huffington Post has named Lydia Polgreen its new editor-in-chief. Polgreen has been serving as an associate masthead editor for The New York Times since 2002. 

According to The Huffington Post, Polgreen has extensive international experience. She's previously served as The Times' West Africa bureau chief, South Asia bureau chief, and Johannesburg bureau chief.

As a queer woman of color, Polgreen expresses her excitement for a change and describes HuffPost as a "truly great global, progressive news platform." She also mentions it is difficult to leave The New York Times after almost 15 years, but the role at HuffPost was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

MAKER Arianna Huffington, the former CEO of HuffPost, left the company in August to launch her new initiative Thrive Global. Huffington seems thrilled about the new decision, tweeting a photo of herself with Polgreen and her wife.

Polgreen has received an overwhelming amount of support on Twitter from people of color, the LGBTQ community, her former newspaper staff, and her new HuffPost team.

"I just think that this group of people and this platform have so much to contribute to the betterment of humanity," she said. "And to much greater journalism."

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