GUARDIAN TAPS VINER: Katharine Viner has been named editor in chief of the Guardian, and will become the first woman to run the British paper in its 194-year history, the news organization said in its online edition late Friday.
Viner is currently based in New York as editor in chief of Guardian U.S., and will replace Alan Rusbridger, who stepped down in December after 20 years. She will become the 12th editor since the paper, which won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2014, was founded in May 1821.
As reported, Rusbridger will become chairman of the Scott Trust, parent of the Guardian and Observer newspapers, in 2016, replacing Liz Forgan when she ends her term as chair.
The paper said Viner, who began her career at Cosmopolitan magazine, “won the overwhelming support” of staff in a ballot held earlier this month.
Staff from the Guardian, which is published during the week, and from the Observer, published on Sundays, had the chance to vote, although the trust had previously said it reserved the right to select the final candidate, regardless of any poll.
The trust, whose mission is to safeguard the title’s editorial future and independence, announced its decision early Friday evening after members of the board conducted final interviews with two short-listed candidates. The other candidate is understood to have been Ian Katz, a Guardian veteran who is now editor of “Newsnight” on BBC2.
Viner joined the paper in 1997 and edited the Saturday edition from 2008 until 2012. She also launched the Guardian’s Australian outpost, and moved to New York last summer to take over the U.S. job.
Earlier this month it emerged that Viner was a front-runner.
According to the paper, 53 percent of staff who voted backed Viner with a first-choice vote. Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a non-executive director of The Scott Trust, came in second. Janine Gibson, editor in chief of Theguardian.com, came in third.