Australian Lee Glendinning appointed editor of the Guardian US operation



Australian Lee Glendinning has been appointed to the role of editor of the Guardian’s US operations.

Glendinning was a key player in the Guardian Australia’s launch serving first as its local correspondent prior to its launch, then as deputy editor of Guardian Australia before being promoted to deputy editor of the Guardian US.

Her promotion was announced overnight by newly installed Guardian editor-in-chief, and Guardian Australia launch editor Katharine Viner who said in a statement: “Lee was an integral part of the success of Guardian Australia from the beginning, and has had a similarly dramatic impact on Guardian US, bringing excellent news judgment, digital flair and personal tenacity as well as strong management skills.

“Having worked very closely with Lee for the last two years, I know that she will make Guardian US an even bigger success.”

Glendinning began her career on the Sydney Morning Herald, before joining the Guardian as a reporter in 2006.



Viner has previously singled out Glendinning as one to watch, in an interview with Mumbrella last year, she noted: “Lee is a superb journalist and editor and I think she should be aiming for the very top.”

Among Glendinning’s challenges will now be continuing to improve the audience and financial performance for publisher’s US operation, which has struggled since launch despite breaking major exclusives such as the Edward Snowdon leaks.

Glendinning said: “It is an incredible privilege to lead Guardian US as we continue to cover the stories that matter to our American audience and to deepen our engagement with readers around the world.

“I’m honoured to follow Kath in this role and to work with such an inspiring, dedicated and talented team of journalists. I really feel there is no limit to what the team at Guardian US can achieve.”

Nic Christensen

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