Currently deputy news editor of The Times, she has a strong regional press background, and will be the the first woman to edit the paper.
Prior to joining The Times two years ago, Rachael was editor of the Evening Herald in Plymouth.
She has also edited the Express and Echo, Exeter, been deputy editor of the Northern Echo and assistant news editor of the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
She began her journalistic career as a trainee reporter on the Solihull News.
Rachael, (48), replaces Tony Watson, who stepped down at the end of last year after 13 years as editor.
She said: “To be the editor of the Yorkshire Post has to be one of the best jobs in newspapers.
“I am thrilled and honoured to accept the editorship of this great paper and very much look forward to working in an area I love and with a team whose reputation for quality journalism I hold in the highest regard.”
Chris Green, managing director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, said: “With over 40 strong candidates to choose from, the search for a new editor for Yorkshire’s national newspaper has been rigorous and comprehensive.
“Rachael’s unique blend of experience and skills will bring a fresh vision to the title while ensuring that the highest standards of journalism are maintained.”
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