Huffpost UK has new editor-in-chief

Cate Sevilla has been named editor-in-chief of Huffpost UK, seven months after Jess Brammar stepped down ahead of the closure of its news desk.

Huffpost UK has new editor-in-chief
Cate Sevilla: “I want Huffpost UK to serve as a beacon of hope and delight.”

Sevilla has previously worked as editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle website The Pool, as head of editorial at the Google Cultural Institute, and managing and homepage editor for Buzzfeed UK. She has also written a book called How to Work Without Losing Your Mind.

Sevilla, who will start in the new year, said: “As we navigate the world in 2022, I want Huffpost UK to serve as a beacon of hope and delight for our varied audience in addition to continuing to be the source of accessible and accurate information that they know and trust, with our political and social news coverage.

“I have a deep respect for the brand and the legacy the editors and team before me have built. Lifestyle and entertainment content has been a huge part of my career, and as a new parent, I’m very much looking forward to defining what our coverage looks like across these areas in the future.”

Danielle Belton, Huffpost’s editor-in-chief, described Sevilla as an “inspiring newsroom leader and brilliant editor”.

She said, “With experience at some of the world’s biggest digital brands, Cate intrinsically understands the online news landscape and the opportunity that exists for Huffpost UK to thrive within it. We’re going into 2022 from a position of real strength.”

Other staff changes include the appointment of Kevin Schofield as political editor, replacing Paul Waugh who joined i as their chief political commentator. He will be joined by the new deputy political editor Sophia Sleigh, formerly of the Standard, who replaces Arj Singh who has also moved to the i.

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