The Bristol Evening Post has added several journalists to its team. The appointments include John Warren, who joins as a reporter.
Warren is the latest in a line of recruits to join from the Gloucestershire Echo. He has a particular interest in political reporting, having worked as a lobbyist in Westminster representing trade unions and blue chip businesses before becoming a journalist.
He said: “I loved my time in politics, but when the vacancy arose on the Gloucestershire Echo it gave me the opportunity to broaden my experience and see things from the other side of the fence. As a journalist I have more independence and Bristol is an excellent news patch.”
Cooper trained with the Western Gazette, the Evening Post’s sister paper in Somerset. He worked for a short time in the Evening Post’s Weston-super-Mare office before joining the head office news team in Bristol.
After 20 years working on Bristol events guide Venue, Cris Warren was headhunted by the Bristol Evening Post to become a feature writer as well as writing the media pages.
Warren said: “I had been at Venue since I was a schoolboy writing gig reviews and so was lucky enough to learn how to write on the job. Although I loved my years there I am looking forward to the change.”
He replaces arts writer Vicky Frost, who has moved to a London paper.
Vicky Fitzgerald has also joined the Post’s reporting team.
She has moved from the weekly Clevedon Mercury and the Weston and Worle News and is based in Weston-super-Mare.
Sub-editor Mike Starling has joined the sports desk from Celtic Newspapers in Cardiff, where he worked on nine weekly titles.