CBSNews.com executive editor Neil Katz has been named executive news editor at the Huffington Post, and Lori Leibovich, a longtime lifestyle editor and writer, has been named women’s editor, according to a press release from the AOL Huffington Post Media Group.
Katz steps into a position formerly occupied by Nico Pitney, who took over as HuffPo's executive editor earlier this month when Jai Singh left to become editor-in-chief at Yahoo.
“It turns out that old journalism and new journalism have much in common,” said Katz, who will be helping to manage all of AOL HuffPo’s editorial teams. “We fight for speed, accuracy, the big scoop, the unvarnished truth, and helping people make sense of the world around them.”
Leibovich, who as writer or editor has been covering women’s issues since 1996 for at least a dozen print and online publications, including Salon.com, will be revamping the AOL Huffington Post Media Group’s women's destinations, including ParentDish and MyDaily, and will oversee the launch of a new baby-boomers site.
Arianna Huffington’s new hires come after AOL’s $315 acquisition of Huffington Post in February, subsequent layoffs, and renewed criticism that Huffington Post’s content comes from aggregation, automation, and a largely unpaid staff.
“I’m delighted to welcome Neil Katz and Lori Leibovich to our team,” said Huffington. “Neil has a proven track record of successfully growing online news sites . . . Lori brings a depth of experience and wisdom that will be critical as we relaunch our women’s and parenting sites and launch a new site for baby boomers.”