Guardian News & Media has appointed Emily Wilson as the second editor of the company’s Australian news brand.
Wilson, currently based in London as the UK network editor of theguardian.com, will move to Sydney to take up the role less than a month after the company announced the establishment of a second Australian office in Melbourne and an expansion of its editorial staff.
The current editor, Katharine Viner, who oversaw the British paper’s digital launch in Australia, will move to New York to take over as editor-in-chief of Guardian US.
Ms Viner said that launching the Guardian in Australia last May was the professional experience of a lifetime and commended the journalists she worked alongside.
“A year ago there were three of us in a tiny office in Sydney’s CBD; now we have almost four million browsers in Australia, are beating our commercial targets by almost 300 per cent and have established ourselves as a major part of the national conversation,” she said.
“I know Guardian Australia will go from strength to strength under Emily’s editorship and I’m excited about watching it happen.”
Ms Wilson joined the Guardian in 1999 as health editor after stints working as a news reporter at the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror, and has been with the company in various roles ever since.
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media said that Ms Wilson was an experienced and talented reporter and applauded Ms Viner’s achievements in the role.
“[Ms Wilson] has proven she can do anything across print and digital, most recently expertly editing the UK network front of the theguardian.com,” he said.
“She will bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to Guardian Australia, to build on the amazing start Kath has made.”
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