Thaxter resigns as editor of Yorkshire Evening Post

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by Simon Austin
Hannah Thaxter

Hannah Thaxter is stepping down as editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post after two and a half years for personal reasons.

Publisher JPI Media confirmed Thaxter’s departure after an advert for her job was published on Twitter by James Mitchinson, the editor of sister title the Yorkshire Post.

Thaxter took over as editor from Nicola Furbisher in February 2017, having previously been community content editor across Johnston’s Yorkshire titles.

In a statement she said: “After working full-time, non stop, since the age of 18, and working as a journalist since I was 23, I’m ready for a bit of a rest.

“Personal reasons are taking me away from this beautiful area to somewhere equally beautiful and I’m lucky enough to be able to have a little time out to enjoy the ride and to take stock and think about what comes next for me.

“I’ve spent just shy of 30 years of my life working as a journalist – from trainee reporter on the (then daily) Halifax Courier to the past two years or so as editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post – and I can honestly say I would not change it for the world.”

As Prolific North reported earlier this month, JPI Media is “in talks” to sell titles including the Yorkshire Post amid advertising revenue concerns.

It has also undergone several rounds of cuts since the start of this year, targeting up to 70 full time editorial jobs and 13 newsbrands.