Lydia Polgreen is The Huffington Post's new editor in chief

Lydia Polgreen, the editorial director of NYT Global at The New York Times, will be The Huffington Post's next editor in chief.

She follows Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, who had been at the top of the website's masthead since its founding in 2005.

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In Polgreen, The Huffington Post has found a veteran journalist with years of experience and a resumé befitting the site's vast overseas footprint. Before being promoted to NYT Global, she spent nearly a decade as a New York Times foreign correspondent based in Africa and Asia.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Polgreen said the job was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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.

Huffington left the top editorial position at HuffPost earlier this year to start Thrive Global, a wellness startup.

News of Polgreen's appointment was alternatively greeted with cheers from her future colleagues and mourning from her present ones:

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    Benjamin Mullin

    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.

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