NewsLocal editor-in-chief Bob Osburn has announced his retirement, after a 33-year career across Australia.
Mr Osburn began his career as a reporter with the Geelong Advertiser, and later worked at The Age, and the Herald and Weekly Times. He joined Leader Newspapers in 1991, before accepting the appointment as editor-in-chief of Cumberland Newspapers in Sydney.
“For me, journalism has been a privilege that I stumbled into as a teenager, fell instantly in love with and became my greatest delight,” Mr Osburn said.
“Of course, it’s all about the people – the treasured staff who strive so hard and share the passion, and those 1.4 million readers every week who are always willing to reveal their stories.”
News Corp Australia editorial director Campbell Reid said Mr Osborn has been an integral part of the company’s community division.
“Bob has been a passionate leader and powerful driver of innovation in our community division,” Mr Reid said.
“He led the integration of Courier Newspapers into Cumberland, and his leadership of the rejuvenation project transformed our community newspapers around the country.”
Mr Osborn has also served on the Australian Press Council, has been a director of Community Newspaper of Australia, and a member of the Australian Arab Business Council.
“I’m so proud to have led NewsLocal for the last 12 years,” Mr Osborn said.
“I can say no other form of journalism is so close to its audience, can achieve so much for its communities and truly reflects the essence of real life in our capital cities.”
News Corp Australia says it will announce Mr Osborn’s replacement “in due course”.