Yahoo News has poached Megan Liberman from The New York Times to serve as the news portal's editor in chief. She starts in her new post today.
Liberman most recently was deputy news editor at the Times where she was a regular presence on the newspaper's original video content, especially during the 2012 political campaign. At Yahoo, she will "lead a major expansion of Yahoo News" that includes original reporting, video and lives events, according to the company.
In a statement, Robert Barrett, vp of Yahoo News and finance, called Liberman a "dynamic addition to the Yahoo News team."
"As deputy news editor at The New York Times, she drove some of the most successful digital initiatives, from its blog network to Nate Silver's multiplatform presence to livestreamed coverage of the 2012 elections," he continued. "With that type of experience, she is a natural fit to lead editorial for the world’s largest news site, and she will help us take Yahoo News to the next level."
Yahoo has enjoyed a run of mostly positive press over the past several months, including the news that the company attracted more unique visitors in July than any other U.S. Internet firm, according to comScore. Liberman fills the position most recently held by Hillary Frey who left in March for NBC News.