The Daily Telegraph promotes Sharri Markson to political editor-at-large

National political editor of News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph, Sharri Markson, has been promoted to political editor-at-large as the publication ramps up its efforts to “hold Canberra to account”.

Taking Markson’s place as national political editor is John Rolfe, currently News Corp’s cost-of-living editor.

Markson and Rolfe will ‘cement The Tele’s reputation’

Last year, Markson won the Kennedy Journalist of the Year prize – the first News Corp journalist to do so – as well as Scoop of the Year at the Walkley Awards. Both awards were for Markson’s story on former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce’s extra-marital affair with a staffer, the baby Joyce was expecting as a result, and the surrounding cover up.

Markson’s award-winning scoop 

Markson joined The Daily Telegraph as national political editor in 2016 after a stint as media editor at fellow News Corp title The Australian, and time as editor of Cleo.

In today’s edition of The Daily Telegraph, the paper said Markson will set the national agenda with her investigative political reporting and her incisive, award-winning commentary.

Rolfe steps into Markson’s former role and brings more than 20 years’ experience with him. He has been a news director, chief-of-staff and business editor.

Editor of the paper, Ben English, said Rolfe’s “news you can use” style would give readers enhanced coverage of federal politics.

“I am delighted that a reporter of John’s stature has returned to The Telegraph and he will make a formidable Canberra team with Sharri.”


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