After starting as a cadet journalist there almost 21 years ago, Lisa Davies has taken the top job at Australian Associated Press.
Her appointment as chief executive comes as Emma Cowdroy steps back from the role due to family commitments, but will remain at AAP.
The not-for-profit news agency was rescued in 2020 when a group of philanthropists saved it after major shareholders News Corp and Nine pulled out. One of the philanthropists, chairman John McKinnon directed "an enormous amount of gratitude" to Cowdroy for her work as chief executive, while welcoming Davies. He said the focus would now move to “long-term growth and sustainable success”.
She worked for AAP from 2001-2004, leaving to join News Corp’s (Sydney) Daily Telegraph, where her seven years included a spell as chief court reporter.
She worked for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2012 until last November, as crime and investigations editors, and the last four years as editor.
Cowdroy will remain at AAP “in a senior position”, the agency said.