Fairfax Media appoints Tory Maguire national editor of The SMH and The Age

Maguire was most recently editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia for two and a half years.

Fairfax Media has appointed Tory Maguire as national editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The role is responsible for leading federal politics, business and world coverage across Fairfax Media’s capital city mastheads.

Group executive editor of Australian Metro Publishing James Chessell said: “Tory is an outstanding journalist with around two decades’ experience editing and reporting news and federal politics. She is a proven leader in digital publishing with an excellent track record of leading newsrooms and producing engaging journalism. Our newsrooms will benefit greatly from Tory’s expertise.”

Maguire was most recently editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia for two and a half years. She was the driving force in establishing the local editorial presence of the global news and online platform and developed editorial and commercial partnerships across a broad range of sectors. HuffPost Australia operated as a joint venture with Fairfax Media until the local operation was transferred to its US parent in November 2017. Her digital skills, in particular, meet the Herald and The Age’s editorial objectives of breaking news and producing high quality, agenda-setting journalism.

Prior to this, Maguire held senior editor and journalist roles with News Corp Australia for 15 years focused on news and federal politics, including as a political reporter in the Canberra press gallery, night editor of The Daily Telegraph, editor of the opinion website The Punch, and national roles in online publishing and innovation. Maguire began her career as a cadet on The Daily Telegraph.

She starts in her new role on April 16 and will report to the group executive editor, Australian Metro Publishing.

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