New editor for Dominion Post

Qantas Media Award-winning journalist Bernadette Courtney has been appointed editor of The Dominion Post.

Ms Courtney fills the gap created by the departure of the paper's founding editor, Tim Pankhurst.

Previously the assistant editor of The Dominion Post, Ms Courtney will return to the paper after a stint as editor of the Manawatu Standard.

Ms Courtney was previously the chief reporter of The Dominion Post and its predecessor, The Dominion.

Dominion Post general manager Paul Elenio said Ms Courtney had emerged from a strong field.

"We had an excellent field of candidates, both internal and external, who would have brought a wide range of strengths and abilities to the role," he said.

"Our objective has been to appoint someone who will not only maintain the DomPost's reputation for setting the news agenda that Tim built, but will also further develop the paper and ensure it meets our readers' needs."

Ms Courtney was recognised for 2008's best general news story at last week's Qantas Media Award for breaking the Tony Veitch saga.

Bernadette Courtney said she was looking forward to returning to The Dominion Post.

"The DomPost has a fantastic pedigree as a newspaper that breaks exclusive stories and delivers a consistently great read. My intention is to continue that tradition."

Fairfax group executive editor Paul Thompson said The Dominion Post would "continue to flourish" under Ms Courtney's editorship.

"Bernadette brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role, not only as a newsbreaking reporter but also as an editor who places an emphasis on developing staff and improving our journalism in print and online."

The Dominion Post