His successor has now been named as Andrew Hitchon, previously a senior sub-editor on sister title The Press, York who began his career at the Herald 30 years ago.
The 51-year-old was born and bred in Skipton and comes from a Dales farming family.
After studying at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, and Merton College, Oxford, he began his journalistic career on the Herald in 1984.
He left four years later to set up a Skipton office for the Yorkshire Post, before moving to the paper’s Bradford office.
He took a break from journalism from 1995 to 1998 to help run his family farm in Littondale, returning as a reporter on the Gazette & Herald in Malton.
Andrew moved to The Press, in York, shortly afterwards and worked as reporter, health reporter, assistant news editor and then deputy news editor before becoming a senior sub-editor on the paper.
Said Andrew: “It’s wonderful to be returning to such a great part of the world and one which is so close to my heart.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and about and meeting people in our many communities, to hear about the issues which are really affecting them.
“The Craven Herald is a fabulous newspaper with a long and proud history and a great team. It’s a real privilege to be chosen as its new custodian and I will do my best to honour that tradition.”
Perry Austin-Clarke, group editor at publisher Newsquest Bradford added: “As a real local lad, Andrew has a unique insight into what makes Skipton, the Craven district and the Dales so special and I’m sure he will do a fine job of reflecting that in this special newspaper.”