Lure of re­gion at­tracts edi­tor

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - GRE­GOR MACTAGGART Edi­tor

MY name is Gre­gor Mactaggart and I’m ex­cited about be­ing the new edi­tor of the Whit­sun­day Times.

The op­por­tu­nity to live and work in this won­der­ful part of Aus­tralia was the lure for me to make the move north with my part­ner Kate, daugh­ter Al­ice and our dog Nor­man.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in Can­non­vale, I spent 13 months as edi­tor of the Swan Hill Guardian ,a tri-weekly news­pa­per in north­west Vic­to­ria.

As a kid I loved news­pa­pers and as a teenager had pa­per rounds in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon.

When I fin­ished school, there was only one in­dus­try I wanted to be a part of.

For the past 14 years I have worked in the news­pa­per game, en­joy­ing stints at dailies in Queens­land, Vic­to­ria, New South Wales and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

I’m pas­sion­ate about local com­mu­ni­ties and un­der­stand the vi­tal role that news­pa­pers play in them.

Ross McPherson, the pro­pri­etor of McPherson Me­dia, said dur­ing my days in Shep­par­ton that a good local news­pa­per should be a town talk­ing to it­self.

Through the good, the bad, the tri­umphs, the tragedies, those words will ring true dur­ing my time at the helm of the Times.

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