Danielle Belton, who led The Root for the last five years, will take over the top job at HuffPost next month, filling a role that has sat empty for more than a year.
Ms. Belton’s appointment as editor in chief was announced Wednesday by Jonah Peretti, the chief executive of BuzzFeed, which finalized its acquisition of HuffPost in February.
Ms. Belton, 43, will start in her new role on April 12, Mr. Peretti said in an email to staff that was viewed by The New York Times. Her appointment was reported earlier by The Daily Beast.
In his email, Mr. Peretti said BuzzFeed had begun its search for a new top HuffPost editor after it announced in November that it was acquiring the website. He said they had prioritized finding a leader with a long-term vision for HuffPost, who would “champion its urgent, compelling and far-reaching journalism.”
Ms. Belton was the first editor in chief of The Root, the Black news and culture website owned by G/O Media. She has written and edited for publications including theGrio, Essence, The Washington Post and The Times.
Mr. Peretti said that he and BuzzFeed’s editor in chief, Mark Schoofs, offered Ms. Belton the job last week, and that Ms. Belton would report to Mr. Schoofs.
HuffPost, originally known as The Huffington Post after its founder Arianna Huffington, has struggled in recent years. Its most recent editor in chief, Lydia Polgreen, a former New York Times editor, left for the podcasting company Gimlet Media in March 2020.
The announcement comes two weeks after BuzzFeed laid off 47 HuffPost employees and closed the publication’s Canadian edition.
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