Bevan Shields will become the next editor of The Sydney Morning Herald as it looks to extend its lead as the country’s most read masthead.
Shields spent five years in Canberra as the federal editor and Canberra bureau chief for the Herald and The Age and has worked in London for the past two years as Europe correspondent. Shields replaces Lisa Davies, who resigned from her role and left the masthead last month after almost a decade.
Bevan Shields is the new editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen
The Herald and The Age’s executive editor Tory Maguire said Shields was a talented journalist and editor who understands the newspaper’s history.
“Bevan has proven to be an expert in journalism with impact, both as a reporter and as the leader of the metros’ federal politics bureau,′ she said. “His appointment comes at a crucial time for the masthead, as we move out of the crisis phase of the pandemic and into election season, at both a state and federal level.”
Shields, who begins his role in January, will work with deputy editor Cosima Marriner, who was recently promoted to the position. Shields held several roles at Fairfax Media (now Nine Entertainment Co), including news director for Fairfax regional digital media and health reporter at the Illawarra Mercury.
“I am humbled, honoured and hungry to lead the best newsroom in Australia,” Shields said. “The new year gives the Herald a huge opportunity to reset and restate who we are and what we believe in, and rededicate ourselves to journalism that informs, challenges, entertains and surprises our wonderful readers and subscribers.
“Under the leadership of myself and deputy editor Cosima Marriner, the Herald will be bold, brave and think big.”
Shields’ appointment is the latest of several changes to the newsrooms of the Herald and The Age. Former executive editor, James Chessell, is now Nine’s managing director of publishing, and Maguire was elevated from her role as national editor to executive editor in July. The Herald recently appointed Melissa Stevens as editor of the Sun-Herald and Nick Calacouras as deputy editor of the weekend editions.
The Herald, which celebrated its 190th birthday this year, has a reach of 8.6 million readers according to the latest figures released by Roy Morgan. It is the most read news brand in the country.
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