Lydia Polgreen

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Lydia Polgreen
Lydia Frances Polgreen

1975 (age 43–44)
Alma materSt. John's College
Columbia University
Notable credit(s)
The Huffington Post
The New York Times
Spouse(s)Candace Feit

Lydia Frances Polgreen (born 1975) is a journalist, who is the editor-in-chief of HuffPost. She was previously the editorial director of NYT Global at The New York Times, and the West Africa bureau chief for the same publication, based in Dakar, Senegal, from 2005-2009. She won many awards, most recently the Livingston award in 2009.[1] She also reported from India.[2][3] She was then based in Johannesburg, South Africa where she was The New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief.


Polgreen graduated from St. John's College in 1997 and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2000.

She started working at the New York Times, since 2002.[4]

In 2006, she received a George Polk Award in Foreign Reporting from Long Island University for her coverage of ethnic violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

In February 2008, she covered the Battle of N'Djamena in Chad. Some of her work in N’Djamena was illustrated by the French freelance photographer Benedicte Kurzen.

In April 2016, she became the editorial director of NYT Global for The New York Times.[5] On December 6, 2016, she left The New York Times to replace the founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington,[5] as the editor-In-Chief.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Polgreen is married to Candace Feit, a documentary photographer.[7] In November 2017, Polgreen was nominated to Out magazine's "OUT100" for 2017 in recognition of her work and her visibility.[8]

Further reading[edit]

Palmer, Anna. "Politico Playbook Power List 18 to Watch in 2018". POLITICO. Politico LLC. Retrieved 22 March 2019.


  1. ^ "Lydia Polgreen". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. ^ John Koblin (October 21, 2008). "Times' Beijing Bureau Chief Takes On India". The New York Observer. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Photo from AP Photo". 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  4. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara; Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (2016-12-06). "Huffington Post Names Lydia Polgreen Editor in Chief". WWD. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  5. ^ a b "Lydia Polgreen Named Editor-In-Chief Of The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Lydia Polgreen on Leaving to Lead Huffington Post: 'Hardest Decision I've Ever Made'". The New York Times. 2016-12-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  7. ^ Hicklin, Aaron (2017-03-31). "Lydia Polgreen: Meet the Queer Black Woman Changing Journalism". Out. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  8. ^ "OUT100: Lydia Polgreen, Editor, Journalist". Out. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

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