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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.

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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.

On the move yourself?  Email us at editor@htfp.co.uk.