Liz Heron to step down as Executive Editor at The Huffington Post
The journalist brought in from Facebook to be Executive Editor at The Huffington Post just before the exit of Arianna Huffington is herself leaving. Liz Heron, who has been with the website one year, announced her exit via Facebook.
“For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest, fiercest and most creative people in media at The Huffington Post, and now it’s time for me to explore what’s next,” Heron wrote on her Facebook page.
“I’m so proud of what we accomplished together, from becoming truly world-class at audience development and reviving our focus on marrying storytelling with data; to building a new video voice and business focused on participation and immersion (to the tune of over a billion distributed video views a month). We pioneered new ways of inviting our audience to not only care about seemingly intractable issues like global waste, but to contribute to solutions. And by focusing on what makes us unique, we consistently broke through to become one of the sharpest and most meaningful voices on every big story, including this unprecedented election. I’ll be rooting for the great people at HuffPost as they start a new chapter. As for me, I am starting by consulting with the Knight Foundation on digital media initiatives, and will let you know my next adventure soon.”
Heron had been Head of News Partnerships at Facebook for a year and half when she was bought on board The Huffington Post. Before that, Heron was with The Wall Street Journal for two years, and before was the Social Media Editor at The New York Times.
The Huffington Post was sold to AOL in 2011, and then AOL was recently sold to Verizon last year.