Schlesinger joins The Guardian as national news head

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Fay Schlesinger, Managing Editor of OZY, a digital news and entertainment company based in California, has been named The Guardian's head of national news.

Schlesinger, who has previously worked as a Guardian reporter, as well as at the Daily Mail and regionals in Yorkshire and Manchester, was the first woman and the youngest person to be made head of news at The Times in 2015. In 2018 she joined OZY as Managing Editor.

In her new role, which she starts in February at the Kings Place-based news platform, she will manage the national newsdesk, the UK politics team, as well as all the regional and specialist reporters in the UK.

Fay and a colleague won the 2012 Scoop of the Year at the Press Awards, following an investigation into tax avoidance.

Schlesinger said: “This is an extraordinary and important time for Britain and its place in the world. The Guardian, as one of the globe’s most influential news websites and newspapers, is uniquely placed to cover it, and I’m thrilled to be joining.

“I look forward to working with the Guardian’s highly talented journalists and editors on sharp, powerful and insightful reporting and uncovering of facts that others want to remain hidden.”

Katharine Viner, Guardian Editor-in-chief, said: “National news matters more than ever, and I’m delighted that Fay has agreed to join the Guardian in one of our most important roles at this crucial time.

“Fay is a highly talented editor who brings excellent news judgment as well as a wealth of experience in leading editorial teams.”