senior editor, Yahoo! News
Briggs was born in Madison, Wisconsin and earned his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He also studied Japanese and East Asian Studies at Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Hirakata City, Japan. He worked in Japan teaching English at a public high school for a few years, and then joined Yahoo! News in 1997 as a “surfer” – an editor in charge of organizing the universe of information in the Yahoo! Directory. In 1999, he began working on “Full Coverage,” the continuous news desk responsible for creating topical and issue-oriented aggregations of news, analysis, and opinion from around the Web. Full Coverage provides users free access to hundreds of thousands of links to news sources from around the world. Since 2001, Briggs has been senior editor. In that position, he leads a team of editors with “Full Coverage” and is responsible for the news on the Yahoo! home page, which has an audience of more than 40 million users each month. On days with historic news – such as during the Sept. 11 attacks, presidential elections and Hurricane Katrina –Briggs is responsible for taking over the Yahoo! front page to create an exclusive platform for breaking news. Briggs currently lives in Los Angeles, where Yahoo!’s media operations are now based.
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