Fairfax appoints Cosima Marriner as Sun-Herald editor

Cosima Marriner has been appointed editor of Fairfax’s Sun-Herald, replacing Liam Phelan who had held the role for the previous two years.

Marriner will take over the role in the middle of next month ahead of a revamp of the Sunday masthead that will see a focus on breaking stories and a refresh of several sections.

Cosima Marriner, incoming editor of Fairfax’s Sun Herald

The announcement was made this afternoon by Sydney Morning Herald editor, Lisa Davies, who told staff Marriner had “presented an exciting vision for a revamped Sun-Herald” during the competitive interview process.

Previously Marriner has been deputy editor and feature writer for the paper’s Sunday Life section, having first joined Fairfax in 2000. During her career she has also worked in the UK for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

Phelan, who was previously the Sun-Herald’s deputy editor and night editor at the SMH, will be taking another editing role with Fairfax, Mumbrella understands.

Davies’ staff note announcing the appointment was sent out earlier this afternoon.

Announcement: Sun-Herald Editor

I’m very pleased to announce that Cosima Marriner has been appointed Editor of the Sun-Herald.

During a competitive interview process, Cosi presented an exciting vision for a revamped Sun-Herald, which we will begin to implement as soon as possible.

Reporting to me, Cosi will be working closely with the Life, sports and the creative teams to develop a number of refreshed sections and a new look across all pages. Stay tuned!

The Sun-Herald boasts a huge print audience and a very large Sunday readership online, so we intend to put the focus back on breaking stories and kick-starting important local and national conversations.

It should no longer be thought of as the last newspaper of the week – but the one that starts it.

For those who don’t know her, Cosima joined the Herald in 2000, working as a business journalist and then as a federal political reporter based in Canberra. She headed overseas in 2005 for two years, working for the Guardian and The Telegraph in London. Since she returned to Australia in 2007, she’s worked for the Herald and Age, the Sun-Herald and Sunday Age as Queensland correspondent and social affairs correspondent respectively. She came back to Sydney in August 2016 to be the deputy editor and feature writer for Sunday Life.

Please join me in congratulating Cosi. She will formally begin take the reins in mid-June.

I’d also like to take the opportunity again to thank Liam for his terrific stewardship of the paper over the last two years as editor.



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