Political journalist Lenore Taylor has been appointed editor of Guardian Australia, replacing Emily Wilson who returns to the UK as assistant editor of The Guardian.
Taylor has been Guardian Australia’s political editor for the past three years, providing analysis on the nation’s political landscape.
Taylor said the opportunity to lead Guardian Australia was a “huge honour”, adding: “We’ve come so far in just three years and my aim is to expand our quality, independent coverage of all the issues that are important to our readers.
“I’m following two inspiring editors in Katharine Viner and Emily Wilson and I have the great privilege of leading a dedicated and talented team.”
Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, said: “I’m delighted that Lenore Taylor has agreed to be the new editor of Guardian Australia. Lenore has been with Guardian Australia from the very beginning, and an integral part of its success.
“She is a brilliant journalist and the ideal person to take Guardian Australia to the next stage of its development. I can’t wait to see what she does as editor.”
Wilson had been heading up the paper’s Australian arm on a two-year secondment. In her new role, starting in August, she will have responsibility for global themes including environment, technology, development, cities and aspects of science and health.
Viner added: “Under Emily’s leadership Guardian Australia has gone from strength to strength, with unique browser numbers increasing by over 40 per cent in the last two years.
“She has been instrumental in developing the Guardian’s position as an independent and highly credible voice in Australia’s political and cultural landscape and her team have produced some fantastic journalism that we should all be proud of.”