Ms Doherty’s appointment follows the transition of The Wentworth Courier to a magazine format, creating a premium feel to better align with the News Prestige Network.
“Kim is a passionate and active eastern suburbs local with an extensive award-winning media background and a commitment to great storytelling,” said News Corp’s Australia News Local publisher John McGourty in a note to staff on Thursday.
She will fill the role for the next six months..
Ms Doherty left The Australian Women’s Weekly in June after one year in the role, with many in the industry questioning her next move. Previously, Ms Doherty was editor-in-chief of New Idea and editor of News Corp website kidspot.com.au.
She will start at the masthead on October 18 ahead of Mr Howard’s move to the Manly Daily on October 25.
Mr Howard, a former editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Advertiser in Adelaide, has been editor of The Wentworth Courier since February, 2014