Group editor-in-chief of West Australian Newspapers, Bob Cronin, has announced his retirement after more than 50 years working in newspapers, according to The West Australian.
Seven West Media WA chief executive Chris Wharton said Mr Cronin was “one of the best our industry has produced” and a “terrific asset to the company”.
He will retire on October 28.
Mr Cronin first became editor-in-chief of WA Newspapers in 1987 where he served until 1996.
After working as general manager of the Shanghai Daily Press he returned to the role in 2008.
Mr Cronin told The West Australian he had enjoyed every minute of his career. “Mainly it has been about the people. I love newspaper people and I have been privileged to have worked with many of the very best,” he said.
“It’s also important to believe in what you do. I have an unshakeable belief in the value of good journalism to the betterment of our society and will continue in retirement to do what I can to defend the people’s right to know and to speak their mind.”
Mr Cronin was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his service to industry and community.
He won a Walkley for journalism leadership in 2014.
Mr Cronin began his career at Queensland’s Courier-Mail.
Congratulations to @westaustralian EIC Bob Cronin as he puts his feet up on a brilliant 50 year career. Much Respect.
— Tony Gillies (@TonyGillies) October 19, 2016
— ? Flip Prior ? (@FlipPrior) October 18, 2016
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