Iliffe News & Media East editorial director Colin Grant is taking early retirement after a 41-year-career in journalism.
Grant, who heads up the editorial team for Iliffe’s Cambridge and Herts & Essex operations,began his journalistic career as a trainee reporter with the Middlesex County Times in West London in the early seventies and became sports editor at the age of just 21.
His first editor role was with the North Herts Gazette in the mid-eighties and he then took charge of Emap’s flagship Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph series in 1990.
After a period in charge of Emap’s journalism training centre he became editor of the Cambridge Evening News in 1998. Six years later he became group editor-in-chief of the Herts & Essex Newspapers series, before moving back to Cambridge in the same role for Cambridge Newspapers in 2008 and then being appointed editorial director for Iliffe News & Media East a year later.
Grant said: “It really has been a fantastic career, covering numerous big stories, working on some excellent newspapers and, most of all, alongside some first-class journalists.
“After spending all of my 41 years of working life in the regional press I am sure that I will miss that day-to-day involvement but I feel the time is right to step aside and I wish those I am leaving behind at Cambridge and in Herts & Essex every future success.”
David Fordham, chief executive of Iliffe News & Media, said: “I would like to thank Colin for the tremendous contribution he has made to the company over the past 14 years. He has made a significant contribution both to the management team within our organisation and also as an ambassador of the newspapers within the communities in which we publish.”