The Huffington Post Media Group is on a hiring spree that shows no signs of slowing down. The company has just announced that it has made 11 new hires, including the former New York Times editor John Montorio. The company has poached talent from other top blogs sites and traditional media companies as well. Politics Daily is being folded into The Huffington Post Media Group, and Andrea Stone, Alex Wagner and David Wood are joining as Senior National Correspondent, Social Impact Reporter and Military Defense Correspondent, respectively.
Arianna Huffington is clearly serious about turning AOL into a journalism operation as well as a power aggregator site, and the hiring of Montorio especially is a big step in that direction. One of the co-founders of Twitter is also joining the Huffington Post as a strategic adviser for social impact to enhance innovation around social impact and cause-based initiatives.