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Huff Post Hires 'Wash Post' Editor to Head New Investigations Unit

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Huff Post Hires 'Wash Post' Editor to Head New Investigations Unit

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The Huffington Post has hired Lawrence Roberts, investigations editor at The Washington Post since 2004, to head a new Investigative Fund.

Arianna Huffington, Chair of the Fund's Advisory Board and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, and Nick Penniman, Executive Director of the Fund, made the announcement this morning.

The move may well be viewed as a symbol of the decline of newspapers or at least online news sites coming of age. Said Roberts: "With all the financial pressures roiling newspapers, it makes sense to replicate their public service and investigative mission in the nonprofit world. I'm excited to be joining Nick and Arianna in this important venture."

Launched in March with an initial budget of $1.75 million, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund is a nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative whose goal is to produce multimedia investigations.

"We are delighted to have Larry on board," said Arianna Huffington in a release. "Larry's background in investigative journalism -- including being part of three Pulitzer-winning teams -- as well as his experience in online journalism make him an ideal pick to spearhead the Investigative Fund. Plus, his experience as a business editor is perfectly aligned with the Investigative Funds initial focus on covering the economic crisis."

More from the release follows.*

Roberts has served as Investigations Editor at the Washington Post since 2004. During his tenure there, he helped direct coverage of the Abramoff lobbying scandal, a series on Vice President Dick Cheney, and a stream of stories about the waste and abuse in farm subsidies. The Cheney and Abramoff investigations each won Pulitzer prizes, and the farm series was a finalist for the Pulitzer gold medal.

Roberts joined The Post in 1995 as one of the founding editors of its website. He then migrated to the business section as an editor before joining the investigative unit. …

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