HuffPost UK has appointed Polly Curtis, the director of media at the British Red Cross and former digital editor of the Guardian, as its editor-in-chief.
Curtis will be responsible for all editorial output and standards, overseeing a team of editors and staff writers as well as the UK site’s blog platform. She will report to Louise Roug, HuffPost’s international director.
She joins with over 16 years of media industry experience, most recently leading the communication team at the British Red Cross where she was director of media, during a time that included the organisation’s largest emergency response in decades following the Manchester bombing, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks and at Grenfell, launching three appeals for the crises.
Previously, Curtis held a number of positions at Guardian News and Media including digital editor and deputy national editor.
She joins HuffPost at time of great change at the publisher. In April it dropped the name of its co-founder Arianna Huffington following her departure in 2016, in favour of the pared back HuffPost. As part of the rebrand, the company underwent its first redesign in its 12-year history as part of its new editorial direction.
Lydia Polgreen, formerly a senior editor at The New York Times, was named global editor-in-chief in December 2016 to replace Huffington.
Polgreen said: “We are thrilled to appoint Curtis to the role of editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK. Polly’s experience of working with communities all over the UK and her calibre in the newsroom proves HuffPost’s continued commitment to the highest quality journalism for our audiences that cuts to the truth of what is real and matters.”
Polly Curtis said: “I am really excited to be joining HuffPost as UK editor-in-chief. HuffPost produces challenging, impactful and empathetic journalism, with a team committed to revelatory reporting that focuses on the issues its audience really cares about. It is such a privilege to lead and be part of that.”