HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post and also known as HuffPo) is an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions.
Founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti, it is edited from a United States politically “left wing” or “progressive” perspective and the site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news.
The Huffington Post was launched as a commentary outlet, blog, and an alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report. On February 7, 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. The site later became part of Verizon Communications, which purchased AOL on May 12, 2015 for US$4.4 billion; it is now managed under Verizon Media.
In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked No. 1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, which bases its list on each site’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. By November 2019, the HuffPost’s Alexa ranking had declined to number 533. In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.