Arianna Huffington leaving namesake news site for a health and wellness startup


Arianna Huffington announced on August 11 that she will no longer serve as editor-in-chief of her eponymous online news website instead she will be focusing on the launch of her new venture. Initially, it was criticized for that practice by some journalists, including former New York Times editor Bill Keller. It bought AOL, Huffington Post's owner since 2011, last year. The contract allayed concerns that she would leave the company after Verizon's $US4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, The Huffington Post's parent company.

"By reducing stress and exhaustion, we can improve people's health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world", she said.

"Arianna is a visionary who built The Huffington Post into a truly transformative news platform", Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, said in a statement. Huffington's future at the news and opinion website was in question when AOL was bought by Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.4 billion in 2015.

Jarvis doesn't believe HuffPost will change much since Huffington's main focus had shifted away from politics some time ago.

The 66-year-old Huffington was married to Republican congressman Michael Huffington and was known for her conservative views early in her career before veering toward Democratic Party causes. The Huffington Post, for nearly five months in late 2015, covered Trump as entertainment news rather than politics.

"There's a reason to fear that it wouldn't be as solid as it has been", said Jeff Cohen, an associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College, who started blogging on the site shortly after it was founded.

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She added, "HuffPost will always be part of me, and I'll always be here to help in every way possible as it continues to reach new heights".

"When I made a decision to create Thrive Global, I thought it would be possible to build a startup and continue as editor-in-chief of HuffPost".

Thrive Global is expected to launch in November. She has published several books on health and wellness, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, and she has become a champion of a good night's sleep.

She said she would be stepping down as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, which now operates in 10 languages and has a user base of over 200 million.

"Running both companies would have involved working around the clock", she said in a press release, "which would be a betrayal of the very principles of Thrive I've been writing and speaking about".