Mumbrella bolsters editorial team with acting editor and editorial assistant hires

Mumbrella has continued its expansion of the editorial team with experienced news editor Andrew Banks joining in the role of deputy editor, to become acting editor from January 2022.

Banks joins with 21 years of experience at News Corp Australia, having held positions including breaking news editor, night editor and entertainment editor. He has also spent time as a reporter and real estate editor.

Most recently, Banks was a digital marketing copywriter and content creator at Central Coast marketing consultancy, Oddball Marketing.

Banks joins Mumbrella on 29 November

He will start at Mumbrella on 29 November, before taking on the acting editor role from the start of 2022 as current managing editor – news & analysis, Olivia Kruimel, takes maternity leave.

“I’m excited to welcome such an experienced news journalist as Andrew to the Mumbrella team,” said Mumbrella’s head of content, Damian Francis. “Olivia has done a fantastic job since she has been here, and it’s exciting to see her start another adventure as a mother. It goes without saying that we look forward to having her back when she is ready.

“For Mumbrella, it was important to find a journalist with the talent and experience to continue the job that Olivia has been doing through a particularly challenging time for the industry, and we believe we have found that in Andrew. Rarely do you get the chance to bring someone in with such a vast amount of news experience at a major media company.”

Banks said: “This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a growing editorial team, and to further empower the journalists at Mumbrella to lead the news agenda. The aim is always to help take Mumbrella to fresh heights, while maintaining our role as an important, objective and leading provider of media, marketing and advertising news, information and events across Australia.”

Banks will continue at Mumbrella when Kruimel returns from maternity leave in 2023.

Mumbrella has also welcomed Kalila Welch as editorial assistant, taking the position previously held by Anna Macdonald, who has now moved into the role of reporter.

Welch joins Mumbrella having graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Public Communication – Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication and is currently studying a Masters of Communications and Journalism at the University of NSW.


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