Paul Lewis to leave The Guardian for The Times

Award-winning reporter Paul Lewis is to leave the Guardian next month to take up a new role with The Times.

Lewis, who joined the Guardian five years ago as a trainee, will join the News International title next month as a “special correspondent”.

In March, Lewis was named reporter of the year at the British Press Awards for a series of stories about the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

The stories revealed that Tomlinson, who was a newspaper vendor, died last April after being struck from behind by a policeman and throw to the ground while walking home through the protests in London

The award was the second major press prize to recognise Lewis. in November he collected Bevins Prize for investigative journalism – the Rat Up a Drain Pipe award – at the Society of Editors conference for his stories about Tomlinson’s death.

“I’ve had a rewarding five years at the Guardian and worked with dedicated and talented people,” Lewis told Press Gazette.

“It will be hard to leave, but I’m really looking forward to joining The Times newsroom.”

His departure from the Guardian coincides with that of The Observer’s business editor, Ruth Sunderland.

A spokeswoman for Guardian News & Media, which publishes both the Guardian and The Observer, confirmed that Sunderland was rejoining the Daily Mail.

Sunderland, who left her role as deputy City editor on the Daily Mail in July 2006 to join the Observer, is expected to take up a position as an associate editor on her return.

She will be replaced in her business editor role by Andrew Clark, who is currently GNM’s US business correspondent, the spokeswoman added.

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