Meet These 5 Innovative (and Intimidating) Editors

Posted by Sydney M. Wolff on Aug 27, 2015 7:03:00 PM

Topics: Editorial Resources


Whether you’re watching a local news station, reading an acclaimed magazine, or viewing a video posted on Facebook by your favorite publisher, a dedicated Editor-in-Chief is dictating the content. So who exactly are the powerhouses behind the publications that are shaping our culture and keeping us entertained? Here’s a list of the most innovative—and often intimidating—editors in our industry today: 

Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post arianna-huffington-huffingtonpost

Arianna Huffington is the notorious editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, as well as the company’s chair and president. As if that wasn’t enough, Huffington writes #1 best selling books in her spare time. Before co-founding the site in 2005, Huffington attended Cambridge University for her Master’s Degree in Economics and later became the president of the Cambridge Union. Huffington’s site was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2012. She and her daughter Isabella once adopted Oliver Pistachio Huffington into the family, a dog who was “shorter than its name.”


Dean Baquet, New York Times dean-baquet-newyorktimes

Dean Baquet gained experience at multiple publications before taking on the highest newsroom position at The New York Times. The Columbia graduate began his career reporting for the Chicago Tribune and The Times Picayune in New Orleans. He received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988 for exposing corruption at the Chicago Tribune. He joined The New York Times as a reporter in 1990, and worked his way up to become the national editor in 1995. After returning from a period of time working as editor of the Los Angeles Times, Baquet became the first African-American to hold his current position as executive editor in 2014. Baquet spent much of his childhood at his family’s creole restaurant, Eddie’s, where he helped out by sweeping the floors and of course eating his favorite gumbo.


ben-smith-buzzfeedBen Smith, Buzzfeed 

Ben Smith joined Buzzfeed in 2012, and has since been working to build the Buzzfeed newsroom and expand their overall news coverage. Prior to Buzzfeed, Smith was already doing groundbreaking work in publishing—having started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, at the New York Observer. Smith has also worked as a writer at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Slate, and The New Republic. He met his wife (and best friend) in Latvia where they spend most summers.


Nancy Gibbs, TIMEnancy-gibbs-time

Nancy Gibbs was the first woman to be named managing editor in 2013. She now oversees the domestic, international and tablet editions of the magazine, TIME mobile and TIME for kids. Gibbs began her work at TIME as a fact checker in 1985, and has been working at the magazine company for the past two decades. Gibbs is one of the most published writers at TIME, and has written more cover stories than anyone else in it’s history. This New Yorker went to Yale and Oxford and was deemed a Marshall scholar. Gibbs also co-wrote two best-selling novels on presidential histories and has taught a seminar on politics and the press at Princeton University. Of all the stories Gibbs has written, including those on presidents, her children give her “street cred” for story on J.K. Rowling.


Meredith Artley, CNNmeredith-artley-cnn

Artley graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in broadcast journalism, and now has 13 years of experience as a web editor. This intimidating editor-in-chief for CNN Digital first worked as an associate editor for New York Times’ website before working as the digital development director for the International Herald Tribune’s web operation. Artley then took a position at overseeing all editorial initiatives. Artley was also a part of the “Race in America” team for the New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Artley is passionate about creating stronger career-oriented role models for women, and encourages women to focus on their own goals rather “self-analyzing.”

These innovative and intimidating editors all exemplify the product of perseverance. Despite beginning in different sectors, roles, and locations, they have all worked their way to the top in their own fashion. Now they proudly shape the publications and news we read every day.

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