Lehmann to edit The Australian

John Lehmann has been appointed editor of The Australian following the resignation of Clive Mathieson last month to take up a NSW government position.

Mr Lehmann was formerly the paper’s deputy editor.   National chief-of-staff Petra Rees will take over the deputy’s role.

The appointments were announced today by The Australian’s editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker and are effective immediately. Earlier in the week the paper also appointed a new general manager of sales.

Mr Whittaker described Mr Lehmann as “one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists”.

“John is a hard-driving and experienced news person who brings great energy and expertise to the paper,” Mr Whittaker said.

Mr Lehmann rejoined The Australian only five months ago from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph where he was editor-at-large. He also is a former editor of the now defunct Australian Consolidated Press news magazine, The Bulletin.

The move back to The Australian is full circle. Mr Lehmann began his career on The Australian 22 years ago. He served as an Olympics reporter and a media writer.

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