“She is steeped in The Age’s proud history of agenda-setting, independent journalism and will be a strong leader of the newsroom in Melbourne,” Chessell said. “Gay is an editor of substance who will inspire and lead a team of the most talented journalists in the country who have performed so admirably this year under immense pressure. I’m so delighted Gay has agreed to come home.”
Alcorn said she was determined to continue to lead the masthead of choice for Victorians, particularly through the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Age, as it has been throughout its more than 165-year history, is part of our community. I want our readers to feel they have a stake in the The Age, whether they always agree with what’s published or not,” Alcorn said. “The Age consistently produces excellent journalism,whether investigative stories with consequence, coverage of a city that revels in ideas and debate like no other, independent sports, business and cultural coverage and vital reporting about national and international issues. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make a contribution.”
Alcorn will commence her new role on September 28. Her appointment comes three months after the exit of former editor Lavelle, who stepped down from the role after three-and-a-half years and more than 20 years at the masthead.