Yahoo! News continues to expand its journalism team. Virginia Heffernan joins as a national correspondent covering culture and politics from a digital perspective. She will also explore how our daily lives and decisions are shaped by emerging technology and behavior.
“We could not be more excited about Virginia joining the growing Yahoo! News team,” said Hillary Frey, managing editor. “Lots of us here are long-time admirers of her writing—from her earlier TV writing at Slate, to her work at The New York Times and beyond— so bringing her on is truly a thrill. No one understands the intersection of politics, video, technology and culture the way Virginia does.”
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Virginia wrote op-ed columns on digital culture for The New York Times. Prior to that, she wrote “The Medium,” a weekly column about Internet culture, for The New York Times Magazine.
“It’s a fascinating time in news, and Yahoo! is out front, leading the shrewdest, most inventive developments in digital media,” said Heffernan. “The company has hands-down the most intelligent concept of what news ought to mean now, online and everywhere. It’s a huge privilege to be working with such a talented team and I can’t wait to get started.”
She will be based in the New York City offices, reporting to Frey.
Heffernan marks the latest in a series of new hires by Yahoo! News, following Olivier Knox being named its first White House correspondent Wednesday and Steve Chaggaris named executive producer, Elections, in January. David Chalian joined in November to oversee the Washington D.C. bureau, and veteran journalist Walter Shapiro also joined as a contributing writer covering his ninth Presidential campaign. Frey, formerly of AdWeek, was hired as managing editor to focus on building the site’s growing East Coast news operation and original reporting sites and Guy Vidra, the former head of business development and emerging media on the interactive side of the Washington Post, came on as head of strategy and development to manage new initiatives, including Yahoo’s partnership with ABC News.