A weekly newspaper has officially appointed its first female editor after more than 140 years in business.
Katie previously worked for the national press as a freelancer and has also spent time with Mail Online as a news reporter.
She informally took up the position in November, and was officially appointed last month.
Katie, pictured, said: “It is an honour to be appointed the editor of two titles which are so vital to the communities they serve.”
Prior to her official appointment, Katie provoked an industry-wide debate after criticising the Liberal Democrats for running a pre-election publication called the Mid Hampshire Gazette, which she called “offensive to local journalists”.
Bill Browne, publisher for Newsquest’s North Hampshire and South Wiltshire region, added: “If I were a football manager I would say that Katie is an excellent signing for Basingstoke.
“Having spent the last two years re-establishing the Basingstoke Gazette as a community newspaper we definitely needed someone of Katie’s experience to add that national daily news experience to the team.
“She has injected pace and know-how to a group of reporters who are keen to learn and grow.
“This together a first class work ethic is already producing some excellent digital and print results. Consequently, I am excited about the prospects for 2020.”