Herald political editor is to retire

The Herald’s Scottish political editor is to retire in the new year.

Murray Ritchie joined the newspaper in 1971 and has held a variety of positions from reporter, diarist and investigative feature writer to European editor based in Brussels. He has been in his current post for the past six years.

He began his career with The Scottish Farmer, worked on the Dumfries & Galloway Standard and Daily Record and spent four years in Nairobi with the East African Standard.

Herald editor Mark DouglasHome said: “Murray is a wise and very accomplished journalist who has done a terrific job over many years. We will miss him and his extensive knowledge of the Scottish political scene.”

Ritchie was Journalist of the Year in the first Scottish Press Awards in 1980, and has picked up numerous awards throughout a distinguished career.

Ritchie’s father, John, worked for The Herald for 22 years, latterly as assistant news editor.

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