Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
FROM Monday, The Spectator will have a new face in the Editor’s chair.
Wayne Drew of Hamilton will take over the reins from Jan Leishman, who is stepping down after 11 years, to work part-time at the paper.
Mr Drew has most recently been the paper’s Chief of Staff.
He started work at The Spectator in 1967 and has worked in a number of departments, including a 10-year term as Sports Editor.
Born in Hamilton, Mr Drew attended St Mary’s Primary School, Monivae College and the former Hamilton Technical School. He is well-known in sporting circles and community groups.
He is married to Jill with three adult daughters, Gabrielle, Leanne and Natalia.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of the position in a time of expanding development in the district,” he said.
In stepping down, Ms Leishman said her 11 years as Editor of The Spectator had spanned a number of significant changes both within the community and at the newspaper itself.
The introduction of colour printing and the spread of the internet, email and computer pagination, had enhanced both news gathering and production processes.
She said the way the town and district had not only survived the downturn of the early 1990s, but had gone on to grow and thrive was a tribute to its many far-sighted community leaders.
“I am pleased to be able to leave the paper in the capable hands of Wayne Drew,” she said.
Spectator proprietor, Richard Beks, thanked Ms Leishman, for her dedication to the position during the past decade, and welcomed Wayne Drew to the position.
“We are blessed in that we have sufficient experience within the organisation for a seamless changeover at the top, and for some other staff to accept bigger challenges,” he said.
“Wayne brings a wide knowledge of Hamilton and district to the chair and I look forward to working with him as The Spectator moves into a new era.”