Lisa Belkin leaves The Huffington Post for Yahoo
Yahoo has added another byline to its growing roster of journalism heavyweights.
Capital has learned that Lisa Belkin is joining the site as a senior national correspondent. The former longtime New York Times staffer will leave her job as a senior columnist covering family life and parenting for The Huffington Post, where she has worked since 2011.
"Essentially my life is going to be what it was back at The New York Times Magazine, only with shorter, quicker deliveries," Belkin, 53, told Capital. "I've aged out of parenting, so it's time for someone else to go and cover that subject."
Belkin is the latest departure from HuffPost's cabal of marquee journalists recruited several years ago as the site was shifting its emphasis to original, in-depth reporting. HuffPost won a Pulitzer in 2012, but is has since become increasingly interested in coverage focused on well-being and lifestyle topics. It is also wrapped up in its ongoing international expansion and live-streaming video network.
At least three other New York Times veterans have left HuffPost in the past year: Tim O'Brien, Tom Zeller and Peter Goodman, whose exit for a job as editor-in-chief of The International Business Times was announced just two days ago.
At the same time, Yahoo's newsroom has been staffing up with notable names, including its own small collection of Times alumni, including Matt Bai, David Pogue and Megan Liberman, who is editor-in-chief of Yahoo News. (Fellow former Times staffer Virginia Heffernan, meanwhile, has left.) Other bigwigs to join Yahoo recently include Katie Couric, Daniel Klaidman and Garance Franke-Ruta.
Yahoo has been trying to distinguish itself as a serious journalism outfit for the past several years to questionable effect. (Disclosure: In 2010, I was part of a team of reporters hired to develop a stable of news blogs that are now defunct.)
This latest hiring spree is arguably its most serious gesture toward original reporting.
"There are absolutely no guarantees at this moment in journalism that something is going to work, but I'm impressed by the resources, the commitment, the determination and the plan," said Belkin.