Mark Baker has been appointed editor of The Examiner.
He will be the 14th editor of The Examiner since it was founded 173 years ago.
Fairfax Media’s business manager for Tasmania, Janine Buesnel, said Baker was an outstanding candidate with a strong commitment to his community and a deep understanding of The Examiner’s role and importance.
“I am delighted that we have been able to appoint the next editor of The Examiner from within the paper’s own ranks,” she said.
“Mark was born and bred in Launceston. He will bring a deep knowledge of the city and the region to his new role, along with a drive to maintain The Examiner’s long and proud history as an advocate for Northern Tasmania.”
Baker, 34, began his journalism career with The Examiner in 2003.
“It is an immense honour to set the editorial direction of one of Australia’s oldest newspapers,” he said.
“The Examiner has championed the region and its people since it was founded in 1842. I aim to continue that tradition.
“We have a very committed and talented group of people who are dedicated every day to delivering news that matters to its audience. It will be exciting to lead them.’’
Baker has held several senior reporting roles, including chief political reporter, as well as leadership roles such as chief of staff, and has written a weekly column for the paper since 2006.
Most recently he has been deputy editor and has been acting editor since September.
Baker graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and completed a Master of Arts degree in 2013.
At this year’s PANPA Newspaper of the Year awards he was awarded the prestigious Hegarty Scholarship, which enables the recipient to conduct a study tour of overseas media companies.
Baker is married to Amy with a four-month-old son Edgar.