Northern Echo appoints its first female editor

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The Northern Echo has confirmed that Hannah Chapman will become the new editor of the paper at the end of the month.

She joined the Newsquest title as a trainee reporter in 2003, she’s since risen through the ranks and is currently deputy editor.

“The Northern Echo has always been my local paper. I only applied to study journalism after seeing an advert in its pages for courses at Darlington College,” she told the Echo.

“When I got a job as a trainee reporter on the Echo covering North Yorkshire I never imagined that one day I would become editor. […] I’ve worked alongside so many brilliant people in my time here, and I’m thrilled to be leading such a dedicated team in providing top quality journalism to our loyal readers, both in print and online.”

Chapman replaces group editor, Andy Richardson, who replaced the paper’s longest serving editor, Peter Barron, in 2016.

“I’m delighted that Hannah will make history as the first female editor of one of the most prestigious titles in our group. She is enthusiastic, talented and totally switched on about the challenging and exciting times our industry is in,” added Newsquest editorial director, Toby Granville.

“I know Hannah will bring a new dimension to the Northern Echo and make this great title even greater.”


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