Veteran newspaper journalist Neil Mercer has been appointed editor of the ABC News national reporting team.
A former senior journalist at News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media, Mr Mercer has had more than 40 years’ experience in print and broadcasting.
Mr Mercer replaces Jo Puccini, who was appointed executive producer of 7.30 in March, replacing Sally Neighbour.
In 1972, Mr Mercer began his career at The West Australian as a cadet. Since then, he has reported in the Canberra bureau of The Sydney Morning Herald and for News in New York. In 2012 at The SMH, he published extensive reports on the illegal bugging of more than a hundred NSW Police which resulted in an inquiry by the NSW Ombudsman.
He has been a researcher and producer for the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and worked on stories about police corruption and the infamous Fine Cotton horse racing ring-in. In 1988 he joined the ABC’s Four Corners, where he won a Walkley Award for his profile of convicted Whiskey Au Go Go killer James Finch.
Mr Mercer also has worked on Seven Network current affairs program Witness. In 1997, he wrote Fate, a book about the murder of seven backpackers by Ivan Milat.