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Lydia Polgreen  

Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost

Lydia Polgreen is Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost. She was named to that post in December 2016 after nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States. Previously, Lydia was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Lydia was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, and in 2007, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

She was named to that post in December 2016 after spending nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with an initial focus on Latin America.

Previously, Lydia was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. From 2005 to 2009, when she was the West Africa correspondent for the Times, she covered Africa’s deadliest and most complex conflicts, including those in Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic and the continuing chaos in Congo.

Before joining The Times, Lydia was a reporter in Florida and New York state.

She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly, The Times Union in Albany and The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, Lydia was hired as a reporter on the metropolitan staff of The New York Times in 2002.

Lydia was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur.

Her work in Africa has been recognized with numerous prizes. In 2007, she was awarded the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for her coverage of the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. In 2008, she won an Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of Africa, and she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

In 2009, she won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for “The Spoils,” a series on resource conflicts in Africa.

Lydia was born in Washington and spent most of her childhood in Kenya and Ghana. She attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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