Two new Observer editors as Guardian fills top posts


 The Observer has created two new editor posts, promoting Martin Bright to home affairs editor and Tracy McVeigh to education editor.

And at The Guardian, Andrew Culf, night editor, is to replace Clare Margetson as news editor while deputy comment editor Liz McGregor takes on the additional role of analysis editor as David Walker moves to the newsdesk.

Bright has worked for The Observer for the past five years and last year achieved a landmark court victory when he, The Observer and The Guardian overturned a court order giving Special Branch access to e-mails from former MI5 officer David Shayler.

He started his career at the paper as education correspondent and then became home affairs correspondent. Before joining The Observer he worked for three years on The Guardian’s education pages.

McVeigh moved to The Observer from the Daily Express in 1999 as a reporter and has been i, education correspondent since April.

Editor Roger Alton said: "Martin and Tracy have written brilliant investigative pieces for the paper since they joined us. I am sure they will help to build on The Observer’s reputation as a leading platform for the discussion of important social issues such as education, crime, unemployment and freedom of information."

Culf began his career at the East Anglian Daily Times before joining The Guardian as a reporter in 1989. He was appointed assistant news editor in 1990 and was then media correspondent before taking up his current position as night editor in 1997.

Culf will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the newsdesk and The Guardian’s home news pages in conjunction with Harriet Sherwood, the home news editor. He takes up his new role on 1 October.

McGregor started in journalism reporting the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa for local papers and reporting from North East Asia for The Independent. She joined The Guardian in 1990 as an arts sub-editor before becoming deputy letters editor in 1994 and letters and deputy comment editor in 1997.

McGregor’s new job begins on 1 September. Her role will involve commissioning articles for the analysis section as well as deputising for the paper’s new comment editor, Seumas Milne.


By Jean Morgan

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