An award-winning reporter who has worked for both daily and weekly titles on his hometown patch has gained his first editorship. Les Reid, pictured here after his success at the Midlands Media Awards in 2013, won multiple awards in his former role as political reporter of the Coventry Telegraph before leaving the paper in 2014.
He later joined free weekly rival the Coventry Observer where he continued to carry out a series of investigations into the running of Coventry City Football Club as well as the city council.
Les has now been promoted from the role of deputy editor at the Bullivant Media-owned title to the editor’s chair.
While at the Coventry Telegraph, Les was named Columnist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards for 2012 and was also Midlands Journalist of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, having achieved success at the Birmingham Press Club-organised events.
Earlier this year, Les he was shortlisted at the Regional Press Awards in the weekly sports journalist of the year category.
Meanwhile, the Birmingham Mail’s advance sports content writer Aidan McCartney is now on secondment at Devon Live, while Express & Star reporter Nathan Briant has left the Wolverhampton-based daily to join the Oxford Mail as local government reporter. Katrina Chilver is a new recruit at the Leicester Mercury, joining as digital journalist/assistant digital editor from sister title the Coventry Telegraph where she was a reporter.