New editor on the job today
MEET The Northern Star’s new editor-in-chief, Stephen Miles.
Today is his first day on the job, and he comes to us from Perth, where he was group editor of the Community Newspaper Group for three years.
Stephen’s job at The Northern Star is to oversee the daily and community titles and other publications.
He says he is committed to keeping the newspaper community-focused.
Married to Caroline and with two children, Lucas, 16, and Johnathan, 18, Stephen enjoys the outdoors, including fishing, football, ice hockey and golf.
He started his journalism career as a cadet at the Bendigo Advertiser in Victoria, and then spent 12 years in Perth and Adelaide on metropolitan daily newspapers.
For almost 10 years, he held editorial positions at the National Post, Canada’s national daily newspaper, in Toronto.
Stephen has also worked in the UK, where he ran two regional newspapers in the south of England for two years.
In Perth, he was responsible for 18 mastheads with a total circulation of 750,000.
When asked why he took up the editor-in-chief role at The Northern Star, he said the Northern Rivers was a beautiful part of Australia.
“And The Northern Star is a great paper,” Stephen said.
“If you look at newspapers across Australia, regional mastheads are becoming more important as the community localises what they read in the areas they live and work.
“Everybody wants to know, ‘what’s happening on my patch?’”
The Northern Star’s general manager, Paul Spotswood, has welcomed Stephen to the team.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David Kirkpatrick, who has been acting in the role of editor since October last year,” he said.
David will now return to his previous position as The Northern Star’s sports editor.