Change of editor for Newsroom Pro

Bernard Hickey to leave Newsroom, Jonathan Milne to become Newsroom Pro editor

Newsroom Pro editor Bernard Hickey, who helped found Newsroom and our subscription site, is leaving after this year’s general election in September.

Having worked on three digital content start-ups over the past decade, Hickey has decided to move on from day-to-day editing and management. He retains his shareholding in Newsroom NZ Ltd.

Bernard Hickey

Newsroom co-editors Mark Jennings and Tim Murphy say Hickey has been important in the site’s first three years. “Bernard’s a big-picture editor and commentator who’s done so much to help get Newsroom where it is today,” said Jennings.

“Our readers have really benefited from his restless intellect and gift for making complicated policy and economics understandable. The media industry has benefited, too, from his ambition for quality, reader-funded journalism.

“We’ll miss him around here – and all of us wish Bernard the very best in what comes next.”

Hickey says he’s looking forward to a break from start-up life. “I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved at Newsroom and wish Tim and Mark and the rest of the brilliant Newsroom team all the best for the future,” he says.

Newsroom is pleased to announce former Sunday Star-Times editor Jonathan Milne will return to New Zealand to become Newsroom Pro editor.

Jonathan Milne with Georgie Hills and their boys Monty, Gus and Joe in Rarotonga

Milne is editor of the Cook Islands News in Rarotonga, where he has lived with his family since early 2019.

He expects to join Newsroom around the time of the election in September.

Before his four-and-a-half years editing the Sunday Star-Times, culminating in the paper being named Newspaper of the Year, Jonathan was deputy editor and political editor of the Herald on Sunday and political editor of the Star-Times. He also reported for the Sunday Times and the Times Educational Supplement, in the UK.

“Jonathan has vast experience in political journalism across government, the political economy, legislation and important NZ industries,” Murphy said. “We’re fortunate to have someone of his talents to step into Bernard’s shoes.”

He will work alongside an additional business journalist and Newsroom’s parliamentary and Auckland reporting teams to keep driving the 8 Things morning newsletter and the paywalled Pro section on

Milne said: “This is a challenging period for New Zealand and its people around the world. But it can also be a brave and exciting time, as our community and its businesses chart new directions. I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to return home and play a part in that.”

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