"She's the George Washington of online news -- not news that happens to be online, as when some print publication buys a domain name and ham-handedly replicates its content in virtual form, but the digitally native product we've already come to take for granted, full of aggregation links and multiple platforms and wrapped inside a distinct, distinguished, robust brand. It was five years ago in May that the web operation that Arianna Huffington started, The Huffington Post, went live with mix of big-name and big-brained contributors, and look how far both she and we have come since then. In March 2010, the site had 13 million unique visitors, up more than 94 percent over a year earlier and within range of the august New York Times, which had 16.6 million uniques that same month. Its offerings have grown from a single, multi-topic page to subject- and location-specific sub sited within the main site: politics, media, entertainment, books, college, Chicago, New York, L.A., Denver. And Huffington herself has grown too: from a star in the constellation of liberal kibbitzers to a constellation in and of herself. Or maybe she's just the very best hostess of the most progressive dinner party you could possible attend. Born in Greece, educated at Cambridge University, 59-year-old Huffington is the author of best selling biographies and books of political commentary, a regular on TV shows like Larry King and Keith Olbermann, and, lest we forget, a former independent candidate for governor of California. She lost that race handily to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that's probably a good thing: As a true 21st century media baroness, she has much more power than she ever would have in elective office." - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 05.13.10

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