BuzzFeed Announces Danielle Belton As Editor-In-Chief Of HuffPost
Danielle Belton, Currently Editor-In-Chief of The Root, Will Lead HuffPost Newsroom of More Than 115 Journalists
NEW YORK -- BuzzFeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti announced today that Danielle Belton will be the new Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost. Belton, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Root, will oversee a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization that publishes original online reporting on politics, lifestyle, entertainment, and more.
Danielle began her journalism career at the Bakersfield Californian, a local newspaper in Southern California; later created and managed her own award-winning blog, The Black Snob, in 2007; and since then has written, edited, and contributed to numerous publications including theGrio, Essence, The Washington Post and The New York Times -- as well as programming across NPR, PBS, CNN, ABC, and BET. At The Root, Danielle served as the site’s youngest managing editor and first-ever editor-in-chief, and helped dramatically expand The Root’s profile, traffic, and corps of emerging writers.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Danielle Belton to BuzzFeed, where she will lead HuffPost’s award-winning newsroom and continue its track record of publishing compelling, razor-sharp journalism that drives real impact,” said BuzzFeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti. “In a period where free quality news is more essential than ever, I’m confident Danielle will ensure that HuffPost remains a key player in providing cutting-edge reporting that reaches a huge and diverse audience.”
“I am so excited to be joining HuffPost, a powerful and ambitious newsroom that aims to help its tens of millions of monthly readers understand and navigate the complexities of the world around them,” said Danielle Belton. “HuffPost is recognized for its compelling and urgent journalism and I look forward to helping shape its formidable future and taking its impact to new heights.”
Since its inception in 2005, HuffPost has been a top digital destination for news and original content covering politics, business, entertainment, environment and culture – reaching more than 65M unique monthly visitors in the US. HuffPost sparked a national conversation after confronting President Donald Trump over a stream of lies and falsehoods; produced an award-winning multimedia investigation into how the global refugee crisis is shaping the world economy; and published a 10-part series exploring the challenges that severely wounded veterans face after they return home that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Danielle Belton is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her start date is scheduled for April 12 and she will be based in New York.
Danielle will report to Mark Schoofs, Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News, who will be removed from the day-to-day of the HuffPost newsroom but remain an advocate for news overall on BuzzFeed’s executive team. Under Danielle, Richard Kim will continue to serve as Executive Editor of HuffPost.
BuzzFeed began an expansive and robust search for an Editor-in-Chief to lead the newsroom when it announced it was acquiring HuffPost in November. A diverse group of candidates were tapped to write memos on their visions for the future of HuffPost, which were reviewed by a wide range of leaders from across the company.
In recent months, HuffPost has led coverage of the Capitol insurrection and revealed the identities of some of those at-large; published important essays from leading doctors and scientists underscoring the dangers of the pandemic; and captured the experiences of Black women at the heart of the movement for a more equitable society.
HuffPost is an award-winning news organization that publishes original journalism about real stories and real life, spanning politics, lifestyle, entertainment and more. HuffPost reaches an average of 65M monthly readers to help them navigate the world and how it affects them. HuffPost employs more than 115 journalists in the U.S. and is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The National Magazine Award, the GLAAD Award, and many others.
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