City editor Stephen Kahn to retire from Daily Express

Daily Express City editor Stephen Kahn is retiring after 30 years with the paper.

Kahn, who will be 65 next January, was made City editor in May 2001, following Richard Desmond’s purchase of Express Newspapers in 2000.

When asked why he opted to stay with the Daily Express for so long, he said: “The paper changed tack so many times it was almost like working for another newspaper each time and that kept my interest.

“When I started it was a broadsheet, it subsequently became a tabloid, it changed its political stance and then came back again.”

Kahn said that the biggest change he has witnessed in his years of City reporting has been the extent to which business coverage has moved up the news agenda.

He said: “It’s moved centre stage. For the last couple of years it’s been a total battle with the newsdesk over how we divide up the stories.”

And he said he was glad not to have missed reporting on the current economic downturn.

“Although it’s extremely serious, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It’s much better to be in the thick of things that sat at home reading about it.”

Although Express proprietor Desmond has made staffing cuts in the Express City team, as with elsewhere in the paper, Kahn pointed out that following the Desmond takeover of Express Newspapers, the amount of space given to City coverage had increased.

Before joining the Express, Kahn spent three years at the Daily Mail as a stock market reporter. He began his career on a magazine run by the Confederation of British Industry called Industry Week – and also briefly worked on advertising trade title Campaign.

As for the future, he said: “I would like to do more writing.”

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