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Arianna Huffington and Frederic Seegal have joined the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, one of the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit investigative news organizations.

Huffington is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Huffington Post, and will soon become president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group at AOL. She is a driving force in the rapidly changing world of digital news delivery. Earlier this year, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund merged with the Center for Public Integrity.

“Arianna is a major asset to our board,” said Executive Director William E. Buzenberg. “She understands the importance of non-partisan investigative journalism, and she has proven instincts on how the Internet news marketplace is evolving. I welcome her counsel as we continue to innovate at the Center in the years ahead.”

“I’m very pleased to be joining the board of the Center for Public Integrity, which is doing so much to advance the cause of investigative journalism,” said Huffington. “In these tumultuous times for the Fourth Estate, it’s vital that we have places that ensure that the most important stories of our time aren’t just covered after things go bad — as happened with the war in Iraq and the economic crisis — but are uncovered before disaster strikes. We need fewer autopsies of what went wrong and more biopsies of what is about to go wrong.”

Investment banker Frederic Seegal has held top executive positions at Wasserstein Perella, Salomon Brothers, and Lehman Brothers. The veteran media investment banker is now with Peter J. Solomon Company. Seegal specializes in media, telecom and Internet companies. In addition to the Center, he is also a trustee of the New York City Center and the James Beard Foundation.

“Fred is an extremely knowledgeable media insider,” Buzenberg said. “He accurately understands today’s competitive media landscape and where there are significant opportunities for the Center for Public Integrity. I am thrilled to have him join our board of directors.”

Said Seegal: “I have had the good fortune to work with most of America’s leading media companies during my career. I am proud to be affiliated with the Center as it expands and reshapes our country’s great tradition of investigative journalism.”

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