Fraser Coast Chronicle editor John Grey.
Fraser Coast Chronicle editor John Grey. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay old boy takes the Fraser Coast Chronicle helm

NEW Fraser Coast Chronicle editor John Grey took a short breath and a long sip of coffee between a rush of meetings on his first day at the Bay.

"I've met and been warmly greeted by so many people today I barely remember my own name," he said.

But some of the names were well-known to Mr Grey, who studied at Hervey Bay High School and began his journalism career as a cadet at the then Maryborough Chronicle in 1976.

"It's wonderful to be back in the beautiful Fraser Coast region and to renew old friendships here," Mr Grey said.

He returns to lead the busy Hervey Bay and Maryborough newsrooms after a pioneering career in digital news publishing as online editor for the Courier-Mail in Brisbane.

Mr Grey said the lessons he learned here as a young journalist had stuck with him over the years.

"The most important lesson, from the point of view of a regional newspaper, is the importance of community," he said.

"I feel honoured to be named as caretaker of the Chronicle, which in many ways belongs to the people of the Fraser Coast."

Anyone going to the Fraser Coast Show on Friday morning can say hello to the new editor. Mr Grey will be at the  Chronicle stand in the main pavilion from 10-11am.



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