Chris Boffey is joining The Daily Telegraph as a senior reporter.
He has previously been news editor of the Sunday Mirror and a reporter on the News of the World, as well as working for the Daily Star and Today.
He was more recently assistant editor (news) at The Sunday Telegraph before leaving at the end of last summer to be a special adviser to the then Education Secretary Estelle Morris.
Daily Telegraph executive editor Neil Darbyshire said: “Chris has a rare mix of tabloid and broadsheet experience and he has an outgoing personality and a real enthusiasm for journalism. I am sure he will be a positive force in the newsroom.”
There has also been a reshuffle on the foreign desk. Foreign editor Alec Russell is to move to Washington and become assistant editor (foreign). Toby Harnden is moving from Washington to Jerusalem, where he will be the Middle East correspondent. He replaces Alan Philps, who is returning to London to be foreign editor.
Philps has been with the paper for 15 years and during that time has worked in a number of roles, including diplomatic editor and Moscow correspondent.
By Mary Stevens