Updated: 18/07/12 : 04:54:19
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Former TV3 correspondent appointed first female editor of Sligo Champion

It has been announced that the author and former TV3's western correspondent, Jenny McCudden has been appointed as editor of The Sligo Champion.

Having taken up the position within the past few days the former BBC reporter will be taking of the reins at the 176-year-old newspaper from Jim Grey who was appointed to the position last year.

It is the first time in its history that the the paper has appointed a female editor and the first editor not promoted from 'within the ranks'.

Ms McCudden was the Western Correspondent for TV3 News. A graduate in Journalism from DCU, she completed her MA in Writing from NUI Galway.

She worked with the Sunday World, The Sun, the Westmeath-Offaly Independent, and Midlands Radio 3. She spent over five years working for BBC News in London, before moving to TV3 News. She was a featured reader at the 2009 Cuirt International festival of Literature in Galway.

Her book, Impact, is a chronicle of the human stories behind Ireland's road tragedies and the author said shortly after its launch, "It tells the human story behind the shocking statistics of road deaths. I've been working as a correspondent for TV3 for the past number of years and I come across road fatalities far too regularly. It's in the nature of my job to be at the scene of horrible smashes, often soon after they've happened."

Ms McCudden also contributed to Three Times Daily, an anthology of short stories and poetry

"I'm thrilled to be taking of this challenge with such an excellent team with such proven track records. I love Sligo for its natural beauty and its arts scene especially Yeats. As a keen surfer I could not have chosen a better place to live than Strandhill so I have the perfect job in the perfect place," Ms McCudden told SligoToday.ie