Amy O’Leary, most recently digital deputy editor of The New York Times, is leaving the paper to join Upworthy, where she’ll serve as editorial director. O’Leary had been with the Times since 2007.
“Ultimately, when Upworthy’s been successful, it’s because the stories, videos, and graphics we share strike a deep chord,” wrote Unworthy’s co-founders, Eli Pariser and Peter Koechley, in an announcement. “Amy’s going to lead the charge in making that chord even more resonant, and help us move from a few powerful chords to a full song.”
In the same announcement, O’Leary added, “Here’s the simple reason why I decided to leave my amazing job at The New York Times to come here: The world needs as much attention as possible on the stories that matter most.”