Local reporter first in Editor’s chair

Claire Castle. Photo – Ann Huston.

Next week marks another milestone for the Cambridge News, when the paper gets its first editor.  Local journalist Claire Castle will take up the position next Monday, reflecting the Cambridge News’ commitment to providing the most comprehensive community news coverage for Cambridge.

Publisher David MacKenzie, who took over the business in February 2017, said the appointment of an editor was the logical next step in the paper’s progression.  “

Claire, too, is excited about the opportunity to take the newspaper to the next level.

A trained journalist, Claire has worked as a reporter in community newspapers before but for the last 2.5 years has been the Regional Communications Advisor for Oranga Tamariki (previously Child, Youth and Family), covering the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hauraki areas.

While she loved that job, Claire described the opportunity to take up the editor’s position as a “dream come true”.

“I jumped at the chance to not only get back into journalism, which is my passion, but also to work back in Cambridge which has been my home since 2003,” Claire said.

“I’m looking forward to working with Sophie, Viv and Steph to track down and deliver stories that reflect what our town is all about,” she added.

“If it’s going on in Cambridge, we want to know about it and bring it to our readers.”

Claire lives in Leamington with her two children, daughter Molly and a son who does not want to be named for privacy reasons, a rabbit and a goldfish.

You can contact Claire on claire@cambridgenews.nz or phone 827 0005 or call in for a chat at our office upstairs at 55 Victoria Street (above LJ Hooker).

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