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Award-winning reporter leaves daily for national newspaper role

An award-winning regional daily journalist is set to take a job with a national newspaper after five years with his current title.

Richard Wheatstone is leaving the Manchester Evening News to take up a position with the Daily Mirror in London.

Two years ago, Richard was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards after exposing a ‘church’ which claimed to cure cancer with a mixture of blackcurrant squash and olive oil.

He had been serving as north and east Manchester reporter for the MEN.


Richard, centre, receives the Young Journalist of the Award at the Regional Press Awards for 2012 from HTFP publisher Paul Linford, left, and radio presenter Nick Ferrari, right.

Said Richard: “I’m really pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Mirror at such an exciting time.

“The MEN has been a fantastic place to work for the last four-and-a-half years and it’s a really tough newsroom to leave behind but I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.

Other recent job moves in the regional press include:

  • Charlotte Littlejones, head of digital at The Sentinel, Stoke, has left the newspaper to join Macmillan Cancer Support as communications manager for Staffordshire.  A replacement has not yet been confirmed.
  • Mark Williams is moving from his role as crime reporter on the Hull Daily Mail to Local World sister title the Nottingham Post in May.
  • The Dorset Echo has appointed Tanita Matthews as reporter.
  • Tui Benjamin has moved from reporter role at Newsquest’s Bury Times and Radcliffe Times to join The Bolton News as a senior reporter.

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