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NZ Herald Announces New Digital Editor

NZ Herald Announces New Digital Editor

2 September 2015 – One of New Zealand’s most talented journalists has been named the NZ Herald’s new digital editor.

Irene Chapple, an associate editor at CNN in London, will return fulltime to Auckland in November to drive the Herald’s digital journalism and storytelling content – and audience growth.

“Irene’s appointment is a big coup – we’re delighted somebody with her talent and background is coming home to help lead our new, integrated NZME newsroom,” said NZ Herald managing editor Shayne Currie. “With Irene joining the senior team, we have world-class newsroom leaders who will drive the best and most engaging journalism, and deliver it when and how our audience want it.”

Chapple has been a journalist for 20 years, including stints as a NZ Herald business journalist and Sunday Star-Times political editor. She has been based overseas for the past eight years, including roles at the Financial Times Group, Dow Jones and at CNN international. Her work has featured on CNN, in the Wall St Journal and on

“Over the past eight years, Irene has been exposed to – and been part of – some of the biggest changes in the global media industry,” said Currie. “That experience makes her the ideal person to help lead our newsroom in new forms of journalism and content platforms. As well as an outstanding journalist and storyteller, Irene is a thoroughly modern newsroom leader, attune to audience needs and demands.”

Chapple said: "I'm thrilled to be joining the New Zealand Herald at such an exciting time. There are so many talented journalists within the organisation and I'm looking forward to working with them. NZME is committed to developing a world-class digital newsroom and our audience can expect new and innovative ways of storytelling."


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