Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost.
"For me, the election was a kind of road-to-Damascus moment. I was happily working at the New York Times and on a great career trajectory there, and the day after the election a lot of us rubbed the sleep off our eyes and said, “What are we doing here?” That’s no knock on the New York Times, which is an extraordinary journalistic institution. But because I spent most of my childhood in Kenya and Ghana and most of my career as a foreign correspondent, I’ve thought a lot about how important it is for people to have access to high-quality journalism at every level of the socio-economic ladder."
"I saw an opportunity both in a civic and in a business sense to create a news organization that speaks directly to the lived experience of people who are probably never going to be Wall Street Journal or New York Times or Washington Post subscribers. And it seemed to me that HuffPost was a unique platform to experiment with the idea of a news organization that’s focused on everybody else."
"I think the antidote is to try as much as possible to disperse our journalists out into the country and ask them to be listening posts for the things people care about and are focused on. [We’ll also make] a concerted effort to recruit a broader and more diverse set of voices to be part of our contributor network."
Interview via TheCut, Photo via TimesUnion