One of the most politically influential immigrants of the early twenty-first century, Huffington has established herself as a centrist within a variety of media, including the World Wide Web, and named one of Time magazine’s one hundred most influential people in 2006.
Born Arianna Stassinopolus in the capital of Greece, Arianna Huffington developed a slant toward conservative viewpoints as she grew up in her native country. However, her views shifted toward a more centrist stance after she settled in the United States, and she has called herself a progressive populist. Coming from a line of Greek journalists, she made her way to the United States in 1980 after studying at Cambridge University in England. There she lived with the English author and journalist Henry Levin, who is said to have influenced her work and political positions. At Cambridge, she was the first foreign student to hold the position of president of the Cambridge Union Society.
Arianna Huffington in early 2009.
During the 1980’s, Huffington’s political activities leaned more to the right and introduced her to
Huffington’s move to the news media’s fourth dimension, cyberspace, came about after she had published several articles in The National Review and made appearances on television and public radio. In 2005, she launched her Huffington Post blog site on the
Other activities that have kept Huffington in the public’s attention have included her political roundtable program on National Public Radio,
Huffington, Arianna. Fanatics and Fools. New York: Miramax, 2004. _______. On Becoming Fearless . . . In Love, Work, Life. Boston: Little, Brown, 2008. _______. Pigs at the Trough. New York: Crown, 2003.