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Pittsburgh Speakers Series Welcomes Arianna Huffington

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University will continue its 2014-15 season Wednesday, Jan. 14, with a talk by Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Her talk takes place at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District and is open to Pittsburgh Speakers Series subscribers.

Huffington changed the world of news with her creation of the award-winning online news platform The Huffington Post. The news and blog site launched in 2005 and quickly became one of the most widely read, linked, and cited media outlets on the Internet. In 2008 the Observer ranked The Huffington Post as the most powerful blog in the world, and in 2012 the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, making it the first commercially run U.S. digital media enterprise to receive the honor. Named to the Forbes "Most Powerful Women" list the last two years, Huffington has also been included in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

A native of Greece, Huffington moved to England at the age of 16. She graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics and was president of the Cambridge Union, the famed debating society. Her former husband, Michael Huffington, was a Republican congressman from California, and Arianna Huffington herself ran as an independent for governor of California in the 2003 recall election.

Huffington is the author of over a dozen books, including Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, and Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream. Huffington’s most recent book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, reached No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Based on her celebrated Third Metric conference, the book offers men and women a new definition of success, exploring not only career advancement but the equally important goals of health and well-being, personal fulfillment, giving back, and living a life of purpose.