Chris, a former deputy editor of the Evening Chronicle, moves from the role of executive editor of Trinity’s ncjMedia business, which publishes the Chronicle and sister daily The Journal.
The move marks a return for Chris, pictured left, who was news editor at the Evening Gazette before his move to Newcastle in 2002.
He started his career more than 20 years ago on his home town paper, the Oldham Evening Chronicle, and also worked for the Express & Echo, Exeter.
Bob Cuffe, managing director of Gazette Media Company and ncjMedia, said: “Chris has an outstanding CV, and fully deserves this exciting opportunity.
“He takes over with the Evening Gazette in fine shape, with a strong newspaper sales performance, a growing digital audience and an excellent team to support him”
Chris, who will take on his new role early in the New Year, added: “I am delighted and privileged to have been given the opportunity to edit the Evening Gazette and look forward to helping develop such a trusted brand.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and friends in Newcastle for all the help they have given me over the past nine years.”