Early Life & Education
During her middle school years at the Etiwanda Intermediate School, she founded a student newspaper called The Paw Print.
Early Beginnings (2010 - 2013)
In June 2011, she began writing for the Washington City Paper. She wrote a piece entitled, "Confessions of a Black Gentrifier," in which she challenges the narrative of young white people displacing black people who live in certain areas.
Buzzfeed (2013 - Present)
Hilton joined Buzzfeed in February 2013 as Senior Editor. She was promoted to Executive Editor in September 2014. Politico has called her "the youthful conscience of Buzzfeed News" and Recode calls her "Buzzfeed's Newsmaker in Chief." The New York Observer named her to a list of "10 Players in Media You Must Hire."
Hilton is regularly cited as an expert on topics like journalistic ethics, millennial audiences for newsmedia, and diversity in the newsroom. The latter owes particularly to the increased diversity of Buzzfeed staffing under Hilton's tenure, though she has emphasized the remaining room for improvement. She wrote a widely cited essay on the subject in 2014, entitled "Building A Diverse Newsroom Is Work."