Julie-anne Sprague named the new AFR Rich List editor to replace John Stensholt

Julie-anne Sprague, deputy editor of companies and markets at the Australian Financial Review, has been named Rich List editor.

Sprague, who has been with the AFR for more than 10 years, replaces John Stensholt as editor of the Rich List, which was previously known as the BRW Rich List. Stensholt is headed to The Australian.

Sprague will now sit at the helm of AFR’s Rich List

Sprague has worked at a number of publications throughout her career, including The Independent, West Australian Newspapers, Nine Network Australia and the ABC.

In her new role, Sprague will handle research and lead the Rich List coverage for the AFR. It comes as the AFR expands its coverage to include a Rich List sub-category on the AFR website and a special Rich List issue of the AFR magazine, which is being sold separately in news agencies.

Financial Review editor-in-chief, Michael Stutchbury, described Sprague as a journalist “of the highest calibre.”

“We’re thrilled to have Julie-anne stepping into this high-profile role,” Stutchbury said.

Sprague added: “I’m looking forward to telling the inside stories of some of the nation’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and business builders. The Financial Review Rich List is a cherished franchise within our newsroom. It has a wealth of data that I can’t wait to jump into and explore.”

At the same time, journalist Michael Pelly, has joined the AFR as legal editor. Pelly has held a number of roles at both Fairfax and News Corp.


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