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Investigative journalist David Leigh retires after 30 years with The Guardian

By William Turvill

Guardian investigations editor David Leigh has retired after more than 30 years at the paper.

Following the announcement on Friday Leigh was described by his editor Alan Rusbridger as “outstanding”.

"David Leigh is formally retiring – though we hope he will continue to keep a relationship with the paper,” Rusbridger said.

“He has been one of the most outstanding investigative reporters of his, or any other, generation, with more than three decades of brilliant and important revelations for the Guardian and Observer."

Leigh, who was voted third in a Press Gazette list of the top ten UK investigative journalists, received further praise from Guardian colleagues.

Elsewhere, on hearing the news of Leigh's retirement, political blog Guido Fawkes reminded its readers that Leigh had phone-hacked in the past with the headline: Guardian Phone-Hacker David Leigh Retires.

In June last year Leigh told Press Gazette he didn't know intercepting phone messages was a crime when he listened to the voicemail messages of an arms dealer in 2006.

In February David Leigh came third in a top ten list of investigative journalists compiled by Press Gazette after surveying around 30 of the leading figures in this field. One of the colleagues nominating him said: "“He’s been performing at a high level for a long time and he hasn’t lost any of his appetite”

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