4:44 pm Nov. 21, 20112
Over the past year and change, The Huffington Post has added a small collection of veteran editors and reporters from The New York Times to its masthead.
Lately, however, the Times has exhibited a tendency to pluck off some of HuffPost's younger staff.
Leah Finnegan, the editor of HuffPost's college vertical, is leaving the site to join the paper of record, according to a staff memo circulated today. There, she will join William Alden, an up-and-coming business reporter who left HuffPost to work on the Times's DealBook vertical last month.
Both departures are a sign that The Huffington Post, now capable of luring marquee journalists away from legacy media, is also cultivating a talent pool that legacy media sees fit to dip into.
Reached over email, Finnegan told Capital she's been hired as a news assistant for the op-ed section and starts her new gig on Dec. 7. She began working at The Huffington Post in 2009 while still enrolled in Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. Before that she was the editor of her college newspaper, The Daily Texan.
You can read the memo, written by Huffington Post department editor Danny Shea, here:
Just wanted to send a note alerting you all to some changes at HuffPost College. Sad news first: Our current College Editor Leah Finnegan is leaving us to join the New York Times.
But I am very happy to announce that our Deputy College Editor, Rebecca Harrington, will be taking the reins as College Editor. Rebecca has done a fantastic job on the College page -- she's been with us since 2009, and she had previously been working on citizen journalism projects. There is hardly a better person to take over for Leah; apart from her HuffPost experience, Rebecca's debut novel Penelope (about the travails of a first-year student at Harvard) will be published by Random House in August 2012 (and published in England, Germany and Italy to boot).
So please join me in thanking Leah and wishing her well and congratulating Rebecca on her new role and her book deal!
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