Danielle Belton

Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. on a healthy diet of news programming, pop culture, black history and “snark,” Danielle C. Belton—daughter of loving “regular folk” and wife of no one—examines the irreverent side of American life.

Currently the Editor-in-Chief of the leading black interest news site, The Root, Belton is best known as the former creator and writer of the award-winning pop culture-meets-politics blog The Black Snob. Since being promoted to lead The Root in 2016, the award-winning site’s traffic has grown month-over-month by more than 300 percent, now reaching around 10 million readers per month.

Before joining The Root, Belton was Editor-At-Large for black women’s news site Clutch Magazine Online, and was among the first black women to lead a writer’s room in late-night as head writer for BET Networks’ NAACP Image Award-nominated talk show, Don’t Sleep, featuring former-CNN news anchor T.J. Holmes.

As a journalist, Belton has written for: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Essence Magazine, The Guardian, The American Prospect and many others. Earlier in her career, Belton was a blogger and online campaign manager for non-profits New Security Action/Win Without War and was an entertainment reporter and columnist for The Bakersfield Californian.