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Long-serving news editor retires after 41-year career

Western Telegraph news editor Doris Goddard has retired after 41 years in journalism.

The paper’s longest-serving, and best-known, member of staff had spent her entire career at the Pembrokeshire title, joining as Doris Hicks in 1965.

She later married Ted, then a sub-editor on the paper, who retired from his role as deputy editor at the Telegraph last year.

Editor Fiona Phillips said: “Doris became a legend in local reporting circles for her tenacity in following up a story, for her writing skills and for her extensive list of local contacts.

“She will also be remembered fondly by generations of reporters who passed through the Western Telegraph on route to successful careers, and for many of them Doris was instrumental in their training.”

  • Doris and Lee
  • Doris plans to spend her retirement relaxing and spending time with her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Paul, and baby grandson Daniel at their home in Northern Ireland.

    She was presented with a specially-crafted silver bracelet, made up of 41 links to represent her career in journalism, together with flowers and other gifts to mark her retirement.

    Taking over as Western Telegraph news editor is current deputy news editor Lee Day, former senior reporter on the Milford Mercury. Do you have a story about the regional press?
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