Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 12 books.  She is also co-host of Left, Right and Center, public radio’s popular roundtable program.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.  In 2009, she was named as one of the most influential women in media by Forbes magazine and in 2009 she was named to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics.  At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Huffington’s books include:

  • Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America, a New York Times bestseller, was published in 2003 and re-released in 2009.
  • On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work and Life is Huffington’s most personal book to date, offering road map for achieving fearlessness in every aspect of life, a straight-to the point manifesto on how to be bold, how to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done in order to find the freedom to love, lead and succeed.
  • Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, a biography of Pablo Picasso was published in 1988.  It was a major international bestseller, translated into 16 languages.  The book was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins as Picasso and produced by Merchant-Ivory for Warner Bros.
  • The Women behind the Legend, published in 1981, a biography of Maria Callas, quickly became an international bestseller.

Her 13th book, Third World America, was published in September 2010.

Huffington has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including Charlie Rose, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Today, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Daily Show, Squawk Box, The Colbert Report and The O’Reilly Factor.  She also currently co-hosts the nationally-syndicated Both Sides Now radio program along with Mary Matalin.

She serves on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including A Place Called Home, which works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles.