Hawkes becomes an editor at 21

Twenty-one-year-old Ross Hawkes has been made editor of the Coventry Citizen, a weekly from the Coventry Evening Telegraph stable.

Hawkes, currently deputy editor of the Birmingham News, starts his new job on 10 March and believes he is the youngest editor in the country.

He began his career as a sports reporter fresh from school in 1997 on his local weekly, the Chase Post series.

From there he became a features writer with the launch team on the Daily Metro News in Birmingham in 1999. That newspaper was merged in March 2000 with the current daily Metro and Hawkes returned to become a general sub-editor with Midland Weekly Media.

In November of the same year, he went to the weekly Metro News as sports editor, before being appointed deputy editor when the Metro News became the Birmingham News.

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