Ashleigh Raper has been appointed network political editor, replacing Peter van Onselen after his departure from the network in March. Raper will lead Network 10’s political coverage on 10 News First, and will also feature on The Project and Studio 10.
Previously the NSW state political reporter for ABC News, Raper has been a fixture on Sydney’s Macquarie Street covering all the major stories.
Martin White, head of broadcast news, Paramount Australia and New Zealand, said: “Ashleigh’s track record speaks for itself. She’s a journo of the highest quality, with a history of covering big political stories and elections. I’m thrilled she’s joining 10 and can’t wait for her to get started.”
Raper said: “It’s a dream come true to head to the nation’s capital and cover politics at a time when the issues are impacting people like never before.”
“I can’t wait to join Network 10 and the team in Canberra.”
Raper has spent the past 15 years working in ABC newsrooms across the country as a reporter and presenter for television, radio, digital and social media platforms.
She started her career in regional radio reporting for ABC Orange and ABC Newcastle, before returning to Sydney to continue her career in radio as a newsreader for Triple J. Twelve months later she moved into television where she has been writing, producing and presenting state and national news stories for the past 13 years.
During her career, Raper has led the state political coverage across ABC NSW. She has been there for all the big moments and breaking stories across the state including landmark legislation, resignations, leadership spills and the recent NSW state election.
She was the face of ABC NSW’s Covid coverage and reported on the state’s worst disasters including the Lismore floods and the black summer bushfires.
Raper is also a political columnist, panellist, analyst and podcast co-host.
Ashleigh Raper will commence in her new role next month.