Senior editorial promotions spark leadership shuffle at Guardian Australia

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The chain of promotions begin with that of David Munk, who goes from deputy editor to senior managing editor.

There have been a chain of editorial leadership movements at Guardian Australia, headlined by David Munk moving from his role as deputy editor into a senior managing editor role due to a return to the UK. 

His former role of deputy has been split in two, and is now shared by Patrick Keneally – who moves from national news editor-  and Gabrielle Jackson, who moves from associate editor, audio, and visual.

Former deputy news editor Josephine Tovey has been promoted to national news editor. Julian Drape has been appointed deputy national news editor, moving from his former role of associate editor. Sam Strutt becomes associate news editor for Queensland.

Jackson is being replaced by Bridie Jabour, who becomes associate editor, audio and visual after a promotion from her previous role as opinion editor. The move is cited as the reason that her podcast, Cool Story with Bri & Bridie – hosted alongside author and journalist Bri Lee – has come to an end. 

In turn, previous deputy opinion editor, Svetlana Stankovic, has been promoted to Jabour’s old position of opinion editor.

Lenore Taylor remains editor. The moves come off the back of February’s news that Guardian Australia had appointed Karen Middleton as political editor. She took over the role from Katherine Murphy, who joined the staff of prime minister Anthony Albanese.

Middleton has covered federal politics for over 30 years as a reporter, analyst, and commentator. She joined the Guardian from The Saturday Paper, where she had been chief political correspondent for the past eight years. Prior to that, she was chief political correspondent for SBS and political editor for The West Australian.

Murphy worked in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery since 1996 for the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. She joined The Guardian Australia starting as deputy political editor before moving up to political editor in 2016.

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