New editor for Good Weekend

Amelia Lester has worked at the New Yorker for nine years. PHOTO: Fairfax Media

Amelia Lester has worked at the New Yorker for nine years. PHOTO: Fairfax Media

Executive online editor of The New Yorker, Amelia Lester, has been named as the editor of Good Weekend.

She will take over from Greg Callaghan, who has been acting editor since Ben Naparstek’s departure earlier this year.

The Good Weekend is included with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Saturdays.

In a joint statement, The Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir and The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden said that Ms Lester was chosen from a highly competitive selection process.

“Amelia demonstrated an impeccable understanding of long-form and feature writing – together with delivering a compelling vision of how to translate a traditional print product into a digital environment,” said Darren Goodsir and Andrew Holden in a joint statement.

“Amelia demonstrated an impeccable understanding of long-form and feature writing – together with delivering a compelling vision of how to translate a traditional print product into a digital environment,” they said.

Ms Lester joined The New Yorker as a fact-checker, after graduating from Harvard University. She later became the magazine’s managing editor, and is currently responsible for the magazine’s digital strategy.

“Independent journalism is more important than ever in Australia. I look forward to continuing Good Weekend’s long tradition of rigorous reporting and enthralling storytelling,” she said.

Ms Lester grew up in Sydney, and attended North Sydney Girls High School.

She will begin her new role in February 2016.

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