And on her last day at the helm at Scunthorpe she was presented to the Queen during her Golden Jubilee visit to North Lincolnshire.
Michelle spearheaded a campaign by the paper to help raise the £1.4m needed to boost the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Appeal and during her visit the Queen officially opened the new in-patient extension there.
Michelle said that being presented to the Queen was a splendid end to her three-year-long leadership at the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
She said: “Although I have the personal honour of being presented to her Majesty, I do so on behalf of everyone who donated to this worthy cause which will stand as a testimony of the community spirit of our town.”
Michelle was appointed editor of the Scunthorpe Telegraph in 1999.
She started her career with Grimsby and Scunthorpe Newspapers in 1988 as a trainee reporter, becoming assistant editor at Grimsby in 1998 after four years in Hull as news editor and in new media.
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