Western Gazette head of content Emma Slee has been promoted to editor, owners Northcliffe Media announced this morning.
Her promotion comes two weeks after former editor Lynne Fernquest took up the editorship of sister title the Bath Chronicle following the departure of Sam Holliday.
Slee has been a journalist for 17 years, started her career as a trainee reporter at the Cornish and Devon Post Series.
She joined Northcliffe in 2000 as senior reporter/deputy news editor at the North Devon Journal.
Since then she has also had stints as content editor at the Exeter Express and Echo and acting news editor at the Derby Telegraph.
Slee, who became head of content for the Western Gazette in 2008, said: â€˜I am thrilled to have been given the chance to build on what Lynne Fernquest and the Western Gazette team have achieved over the past two years, both commercially and editorially.
'The Western Gazette brand is already strong and I look forward to developing it further to ensure every edition is vibrant, relevant and entertaining – as well as the trustworthy source of news that readers over the decades have come to love us for."
Sarah Pullen, the paper's managing director, added: 'Emma, over the past four years, has been totally dedicated and committed to the development of content in the Western Gazette.
'She has truly developed her career in this role and I am delighted that we have made an internal appointment as part of our succession plan.
'Emma's enthusiasm, drive and determination will continue the good work of Lynne Fernquest and the team at the Western Gazette."