The Huffington Post is one of the most well-known names in media and online content in the world today. Rated as one of the top blogs and news aggregators online, The Huffington Post continues to expand their reach on a daily basis. While the site started out with a focus on just politics, it has quickly scaled out to world events, business, sports, entertainment and much more.
Through the “The American Online News Aggregator” infographic below, let’s take a look at the massive growth and success of The Huffington Post over the years.
The History and Awards of The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post was created by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart and Johan Perettion on May 9th, 2005 to serve as a liberal platform for news and information on the internet. This was in response to the massive growth and success of The Drudge Report.
- The Huffington Post is ranked the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer
- 2006 – The Webby Awards for “Best Politics Blog”
- 2007 – The Huffington Post contributor Bennet Kelly won the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2007 Southern California Journalism Award for Online Commentary 2009 – Names as second among the 25 Best Blogs of 2009 by Time
- 2009 – The co-founder Arianna Huffington was named in as number 12 in Forbes’ first-ever list of Most Influential Women in Media 2009. The same year, she was ranked as number 42 in The Guardian’s Top 100 media list
- 2010 – The Huffington Post received a Peabody Award for “Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation”. People’s Voice Winner in the 14th Webby Awards. The Winner of Lead 411’s New York City Hot 125
- 2012 – Won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of National Reporting for Senior Military Correspondent
- 2015 – Was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.
With all of the awards and success of The Huffington Post over the years, it’s no wonder the site went on to be acquired by AOL for $135 million back in 2011!