John Lyons appointed ABC global affairs editor

ABC News has appointed John Lyons as its global affairs editor.

The announcement:

John Lyons, one of Australia’s leading journalists and most experienced foreign correspondents, has been appointed ABC News global affairs editor.

Lyons will contribute expert analysis and reporting across all platforms and enhance on-the-ground coverage of the biggest world stories.

He will also help mentor the next generation of talented correspondents coming through the organisation.

ABC News currently has correspondents deployed in Bangkok, Beirut, Istanbul (from May 2022), Jakarta, Jerusalem, London, New Delhi, Port Moresby, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington.

Director, news Justin Stevens says: “International reporting is one of the core services the ABC provides to our audiences. Our correspondents make sense of the key overseas events and issues from an Australian perspective and analyse how they impact us at home.

“We have an outstanding group of correspondents and John will add more than four decades of experience as a journalist.

“He is the perfect person for the role.”

John Lyons says: “For 90 years the ABC has reported and analysed events around the world for an Australian audience. It is therefore a great honour for me that, after 40 years in journalism, I have the opportunity to join the ABC’s international team.

“Parts of the world today are as precariously poised as they’ve been since World War 2. If a year ago someone had said that in 2022 we would have another war in the heart of Europe and Vladimir Putin would order his nuclear capability be put on high alert few people would have believed that possible.

“I would like to acknowledge the ABC’s new Director of News Justin Stevens for deciding in his first two weeks to boost the ABC’s international coverage.”

Lyons, a former editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, joined the ABC in August 2017 as Head Investigative and In-depth Journalism, leading ABC News’s current affairs teams at 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q+A, Insiders, Foreign Correspondent and the Investigative Reporting Team.

Previously he has worked as a foreign correspondent based in Washington, New York and Jerusalem for a range of media outlets.

Lyons will take up the new role in June, following the federal election.

Source: ABC News


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