April 28, 2017 Last Updated 9:19 am

John Mulholland, editor of The Observer, take over Guardian US on interim basis

With Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning on maternity leave, Mulholland will work in Guardian US’s New York headquarters beginning in July, with deputy editor Paul Webster taking over editing role at The Observer

LONDON, UK — April 28, 2017 — Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Katharine Viner today announced that John Mulholland, editor of The Observer, will take on the interim leadership of Guardian US, during the maternity leave of Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning.

John will be based in Guardian US’s New York headquarters from July until Autumn, after which time he will return to continue his Observer editorship.

The Observer’s deputy editor, Paul Webster, will edit the paper during this period. Malik Meer will also join The Observer senior team as assistant editor working across news and features, on secondment from his role as features editor of the Guardian.

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media said: “Guardian US’s remarkable coverage of underreported issues in Trump’s America is resonating strongly with both our American audience and our audience around the world. During Lee’s maternity leave, John will work closely with our US team and our US CEO Evelyn Webster to build on these editorial achievements, deliver our plan for the US, and oversee the creation of some great journalism.”

John Mulholland, editor of The Observer said: “I’m looking forward to working with our excellent Guardian US team and continuing our distinguished, and distinctive, reporting of events in America.

“The Observer will be looked after brilliantly by Paul Webster until I return to my day job full time in the Autumn.”

John has been editor of The Observer since 2008, having joined the paper as deputy editor in 1998.

Lee Glendinning has been the editor of Guardian US since 2015, where she was previously deputy editor and head of news. Prior to that she was deputy editor of Guardian Australia. Lee joined the Guardian in 2006 and has worked as both a news editor and reporter in London.

Malik joined the Guardian in 2006 to edit The Guide, before moving on to be features editor and edit g2.

The Guardian’s US audience has grown to 45.1m monthly unique users and accounts for around a third of all Guardian global traffic.

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