When Liz Heron was revealed this summer to be part of an internal editorial committee at The Huffington Post tasked with finding Ariana Huffington’s successor, the executive editor was seen as one of the leading candidates for the editor in chief position. Others on the committee are Ryan Grim, Katie Nelson, Kate Palmer and Whitney Snyder.
Instead, Heron, whose resume includes stints with Facebook, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and ABC News, is moving on. On Facebook, she revealed that she will start out by consulting with the Knight Foundation:
For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest, fiercest and most creative people in media at The Huffington Post, and now it’s time for me to explore what’s next. I’m so proud of what we accomplished together, from becoming truly world-class at audience development and reviving our focus on marrying storytelling with data; to building a new video voice and business focused on participation and immersion (to the tune of over a billion distributed video views a month). We pioneered new ways of inviting our audience to not only care about seemingly intractable issues like global waste, but to contribute to solutions. And by focusing on what makes us unique, we consistently broke through to become one of the sharpest and most meaningful voices on every big story, including this unprecedented election. I’ll be rooting for the great people at HuffPost as they start a new chapter. As for me, I am starting by consulting with the Knight Foundation on digital media initiatives, and will let you know my next adventure soon.
Some will remember Heron making waves in the spring when she tweeted a photo of a room full white female editors. At the Knight Foundation, Heron will be reunited with Jennifer Preston (vice president, journalism), the very first social media editor at The New York Times, a position Heron shared at the paper starting in 2010.
News of Heron’s exit from The Huffington Post was first reported by Politico.
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