The Sun Herald appoints Melissa Stevens as editor

Australian journalist Melissa Stevens has been appointed editor of The Sun Herald, and will start in mid-February.

Currently based in Hong Kong as digital editor for the South China Morning Post, Stevens will lead 72-year-old masthead which is owned by Nine Entertainment Co. 

Melissa Stevens (pictured)

Cosima Marriner, the previous editor of The Sun Herald, stepped into the role of acting editor of The Sydney Morning Herald after Lisa Davies announced she would be stepping down from the role last month.

The Sun Herald executive editor, Tory Maguire, said:  “I’m absolutely thrilled someone with Steven’s skills and experience is coming home from Hong Kong and joining our newsroom to lead The Sun Herald.

“Stevens has such a broad work history across newspapers and digital publishing, from federal politics to local news to lifestyle, and will bring a fresh perspective to our Sunday masthead, as well as being an asset to our overall team.”

Stevens has been working in Hong Kong since 2016 in various roles for the South China Morning Post, including features editor and most recently as digital editor, she began her career as a reporter at The West Australian.

Moving to Sydney in 2004, Stevens held various senior editorial roles at News Corp including assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, Editor of mX, deputy managing editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, editor of The Manly Daily and deputy editor of

“The Sun Herald has a long history of telling stories that matter,” said Stevens. “I am thrilled to be joining the team to build on this heritage, and ensure its unique editorial voice continues to inform, advocate and entertain.”

Last week, Nine appointed Chris Paine as its head of premium content for metro mastheads.


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