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Award-winning former regional journalist becomes national title’s new editor

Gareth Davies 2022A former Regional Press Awards winner has been named editor of a national investigative journalism project involving local reporters.

Gareth Davies has been appointed to edit The Bureau Local, which is part of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Gareth, pictured, has served as a reporter with The Bureau Local since it was launched six years ago.

He previously worked as chief reporter at the Croydon Advertiser, where he won Weekly Reporter of the Year award at the Regional Press Awards for four consecutive years.

Announcing his new appointment, Gareth wrote on Twitter: “Thrilled to have been appointed editor of The Bureau Local, a team I have been a part of since it was set up six years ago.

“We’ve achieved a lot in that time, alongside journalists and communities across the UK. I can’t wait to work with them on even bigger and better things.

“I want The Bureau Local to be the first place people go when they have a story about systemic wrongdoing or injustice in the UK.

“We will work with affected communities, in ambitious and innovative ways, to produce journalism that’s a force for positive change at locally and nationally.”

Gareth takes over in the editor’s chair from Emily Wilson, who is leaving after two years to become head of UK news at ITV News.

He will oversee a team of six staff journalists, while also liaising with local reporters working at different titles across the country for investigations relevant to their patches.

Gareth added: “I can’t speak highly enough of Emily Wilson – a courageous, supportive and meticulous editor, as well as an absolute pleasure to work with.

“She will be a tough act to follow but our loss is very much ITV News’s gain.”

Emily posted on Twitter: “I am delighted to be joining ITV News next week as Head of UK News. They are an incredible team and am really looking forward to working with them all and getting stuck into a packed news agenda.

“But I will really miss the brilliant people at TBIJ who are doing some of the toughest, bravest and most impactful investigations in the business, doing them in new ways and bringing journalism to new audiences.”