Melody Foreman has been group editor at the Kentish Times series for a decade but has now left the role, publisher Archant has confirmed.
The company has not given any reasons for her departure and an internal source said no announcement had been made to staff.
Melody, pictured above launching her second book in 2006, was named Archant London’s editorial person of the year in 2008, for running the most cost-effective newsroom in the division.
She was also praised for being innovative, embracing change and backing advertising needs.
At the time, judges said: “The one thing that shines through most brightly about Melody is that she cares so very passionately about the products that she edits – a quality that if we could bottle and retail would earn us a fortune.”
Melody also won a ‘Wild Card’ award at the Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the Year Awards in 2005, when she was known as Melody Ryall, for her weekly column The Flip Side.