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Former regional chief reporter who went on to TV role dies aged 53

Lesley KinneyA former regional chief reporter described as a “journalist’s journalist” by colleagues has died aged 53.

Tributes have been paid to Lesley Kinney, who began her career at the Clydebank Post, advancing to the top reporting job there.

Lesley, pictured, was more recently known for her 14 years with STV News, where she held roles including chief sub-editor, digital news editor and as digital producer.

She also worked for the Daily Express, the Centre Press News Agency and PA during her career.

Linda Grimes Douglas, STV’s head of news and current affairs, said: “Lesley was a journalist’s journalist with great news sense. She was a pioneer for STV’s digital output and ran the website with focus and passion.

“Her infectious sense of humour got us through many hard days. She absolutely hated a fuss and absolutely loved her team. She was a courageous and brave friend.”

STV weather presenter Sean Batty added: “I made an instant connection with Lesley, often having real heart to heart conversations, as well as sharing our passion for gossip.

“I loved her sense of humour and the way she would roll her eyes at our dramas over the years.

“When she faced personal challenges, what kept her going was the support from her aunt and the love for her niece and nephew – she was always looking out for them and took great pride in their achievements.”