Huffington Post Loses Its Huffington

Arianna Huffington is launching a health-related venture soon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2016 7:44 AM CDT
Arianna Huffington is leaving the Huffington Post.   (AP Photo / Jonathan Brady/PA)

(Newser) – The Huffington Post will soon be without its namesake. Arianna Huffington is leaving the site she founded 11 years ago, reports the Wall Street Journal. The 66-year-old says she will devote all her time to a new health venture, Thrive Global, that launches in November. (Huffington of late has become a champion of the benefits of a good night's sleep.) Her role at the Huffington Post had been uncertain after Verizon bought parent AOL last year for $4.4 billion.

“I really thought I could do both, but as we started building it up, I realized that it really needed my full attention,” she tells the Journal, referring to Thrive Global. “It is important to know when one door closes and another opens and I felt that moment had arrived.” Making matters more complicated was Verizon's recent purchase of Yahoo, which does some of the same kind of work as HuffPo, notes CNNMoney. It quotes a former editor as saying that the Yahoo deal in particular made Huffington's departure "inevitable." (Read more Arianna Huffington stories.)

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