HuffPost Names Cristian Farias as SCOTUS, Legal Affairs Reporter

Farias will report to Nick Baumann -- effective August 3rd

The Huffington Post has announced the hiring of Cristian Farias as their newest reporter, that according to a staff memo from senior enterprise editor, Nick Baumann, Wednesday morning.

Farias, who will cover Supreme Court and legal affairs, will report to Baumann — effective August 3rd. The lawyer/writer has previously served as a contributor at NYMag and has appeared in several other publications including Slate, The New Republic, Fusion, Latino Rebels, Fault Lines, and El Diario.

Below is the full memo from Baumann.

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that Cristian Farías is joining HuffPost to cover the Supreme Court and legal affairs. His first day is August 3. He’ll be based in New York but will be down in DC often for oral arguments, decision days, and the like. Cristian is a writer and a lawyer who in the past couple of years has written extensively on the Supreme Court, criminal justice, and other legal disputes. Prior to joining HuffPost, he was a contributor at NYMag, where he covered Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and other major decisions of the latest Supreme Court term. Among other outlets, his work has also appeared in Slate, The New Republic, Fusion, Latino Rebels, Fault Lines, and El Diario, New York’s biggest Spanish-language daily.

“The main thing I’m looking forward to in this gig is being able to demystify the Supreme Court,” he told me yesterday. “It’s a very arcane institution and it’s time to make the court a little bit more human. There’s a lot of stuff going on right now—black lives matter, the police shootings—where it’s time for us to think about how the work of the Supreme Court has a direct effect on what we’re seeing today.”

Prior to law school, Cristian worked in the court system as a probation officer, supervising felony offenders; he never fired a gun. And even before that, Cristian was an entertainment writer for several years—a gig that allowed him to meet Bono and interview Sinead O’Connor, who at the time was still unrepentant of ripping the Pope’s picture in half.

Please join me in welcoming Cristian to HuffPost!