Slate Names Former HuffPost Editor-in-Chief as New Editor-in-Chief
Slate has named Hillary Frey, former HuffPost editor-in-chief, as its new editor.
In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Slate chief executive Dan Check said Ms Frey was “the right person to lead Slate’s newsroom through this new phase of growth”, noting both her years of experience and understanding of “the challenges and opportunities of this current media environment.
Slate, one of the few surviving original digital media outlets, has struggled in recent years to navigate the new media landscape and find a sustainable business model. He has been without an editor since early January, when Jared Hohlt resigned. Mr. Hohlt, who held the post for three years, will soon join the New York Times’ T magazine.
Ms. Frey is currently Creative-in-Residence at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She was previously editor-in-chief of HuffPost, a role she left in 2021 after HuffPost was acquired by BuzzFeed. Ms. Frey has also led newsrooms at NBC News, Adweek, Yahoo News and Fusion.
“I feel a deep, very long-standing connection to Slate and what they do,” Ms. Frey said in an interview this week. “Being smart, being irreverent, having fun, coming up with great, interesting ideas that may be right in front of you but no one has put into words yet and just have really sharp analysis.”
Slate was launched in 1996 with the backing of Microsoft and quickly became known for its clever analysis, interesting debates and top-notch journalistic talent. It was sold in 2004 to The Washington Post Company, which was renamed Graham Holdings after Jeff Bezos bought the Post newspaper.
The website, however, has seen a number of high-profile departures this year, including Gabriel Roth, who ran the podcast division, and Laura Bennett, the editorial director.
The Times reported in February that a consultant Graham Holdings had hired to help shore up Slate’s business told staff members that the outlet was not profitable and that she would advise on ways to strengthen the business.
Mr. Check said in his email to staff on Wednesday that Slate had spent the last few months refining its editorial mission, improving its structure, recruiting people and growing its membership business, which he said, ” exceeded revenue expectations this year.”
Ms Frey said she felt ‘incredibly confident about Slate’, adding: ‘I wouldn’t find myself in a situation that I didn’t think had a really, really bright and successful future.
Ms. Frey will take office on June 6. She will report to Mr. Check and oversee the newsroom and digital operations. The podcast division, which has found success with podcasts like “Slow Burn,” is headed by Alicia Montgomery.