Evening Standard poaches Edwards

Richard Edwards, the Western Daily Press journalist who at 23 was sent to cover the war in Iraq, has been headhunted to join the Evening Standard.

The paper approached him on his return from the Gulf in April and offered him a reporter’s role. He has been at the WDP for two years.

He said: “I will be doing a general reporter’s job at first. Ideally I would love to cover conflict – I got a taste for that in the Gulf – but I have got a lot of learning to do first.”

WDP editor Terry Manners said: “I am going to send the Evening Standard a bill for all the money it cost me to send my favourite reporter to the Gulf. Only joking boys. You have got a diamond there.”

Edwards was named British Trainee of the Year last month by Newstec, the technology wing of the newspaper and publishing industry, and judges praised the work he did in Iraq.

By Mary Stevens

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