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Irene Gentle named editor at the Toronto Star, first woman to hold the title

Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 9:21 am PDT

Members of the Toronto Star pose for a photograph with Governor General David Johnston, front row second from left, and his wife Sharon after the Toronto Star won the Michener Award for Journalism at a ceremony at Rideau Hall the official residence of the Governor General, in Ottawa, Wednesday June 11, 2014. Front row left to right, Michael Cooke, Governor General Johnston, Sharon Johnston, Kevin Donovan. Back row left to right, Jane Davenport, Irene Gentle and Jayme Poisson and Russell Mills, president of the Michener awards foundation. The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

TORONTO – The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.

Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.

She has been the Star’s managing editor since June 2016. The promotion is effective immediately.

Gentle joined the Star in 2011 as business editor and was named assistant managing editor and city editor in 2012.

Before the Star, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator.

The Star and the Spectator are owned by Torstar Corp. which also owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario and a majority interest in VerticalScope.

Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.

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