Ipswich-born Brad has worked for the Star’s publisher Archant for more than 20 years, most recently as news editor of the Star and its sister title, the East Anglian Daily Times.
For the last four years, Terry Hunt, editor-in-chief for Archant in Suffolk, has edited both daily titles.
Said Terry: “This is a richly-deserved appointment for Brad, who has done a great job as news editor. We have exciting plans for the Star which will be put into place in the autumn.”
Brad added: “Ipswich is my home town, so it’s a real privilege to get this opportunity. The Star has a huge role to play as Ipswich enjoys a genuine resurgence.
“I’m looking forward to ensuring we offer a great daily paper and brilliant website which appeal to many new readers as well as existing ones.”
The appointment comes ahead of what Archant is describing as “exciting plans’’ for the Star, to take effect from this autumn.
The editor role at the Star was revived in a restructure earlier this year which also saw the Norwich Evening News regain its own dedicated editor.
David Powles, who until then had been head of Archant’s group investigations unit, was appointed to the Evening News editor role.