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KATIE KENNY
Last updated 17:37 23/06/2014
Cathy O'Sullivan
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Fairfax's new Auckland editor-in-chief Cathy O'Sullivan

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Cathy O'Sullivan has been named Auckland editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media.

Currently the editor of nzherald.co.nz and head of news at the New Zealand Herald, O'Sullivan has previously worked as news editor for Stuff.co.nz, and is looking forward to returning to Fairfax. 

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher today announced O'Sullivan would lead a newsroom responsible for delivering the Auckland digital audience for Stuff.co.nz and the wider Fairfax group.

She would also be leading the Auckland suburban newspaper group, the Sunday Star Times, and the Sunday News.

Boucher said she was thrilled to have O'Sullivan "back in the Fairfax fold". 

"Her appointment reflects our very strong focus on the Auckland market and our commitment to providing the very best journalism and experiences for our audiences," Boucher said. 

"Auckland is extremely important for us, and Cathy's experience is perfect. She's very audience-focused. Her role comes with a mandate to be creative and try some new things.

"She's driven, but a lot of fun. She's a great colleague."

O'Sullivan's appointment means another addition to a strong female group among senior editorial staff at Fairfax, which includes Joanna Norris as editor of The Press, Bernadette Courtney as editor of The Dominion Post, and Boucher as group executive editor.

"I am really looking forward to taking up the role and returning to Fairfax Media. It is an exciting time in journalism with more tools on offer to tell stories than ever before. I'm relishing the opportunity to lead the editorial teams at Fairfax's Auckland operations," O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan will step into the role vacated by former Auckland editor-in-chief, Garry Ferris, who is now leading the Southland Times. 

Originally from Ireland, she has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for more than a decade in newsrooms in New Zealand and Europe.

She will start in late August.

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