Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, two top Kiwi journalists are returning home to New Zealand and joining Stuff in key newsroom roles.
Anna Fifield has been confirmed as the new editor of The Dominion Post and Stuff’s Wellington newsroom. She is currently the Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post. Also returning to New Zealand is Joseph Akel, who will take up the position of perspectives editor after a 10-year journalism career in New York.
Stuff editorial director Mark Stevens says Fifield is an exceptional journalist and a great get for The Dominion Post and Stuff.
During her time abroad, Fifield has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and the Washington Post, covering historic events including North Korea’s first nuclear test, the Gaza War, the disputed Iranian presidential election in 2009 and the 2012 presidential election in the United States. Last year, she published a book about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, The Great Successor, which is being translated into 24 languages.
Fifield left Wellington in 2000 on what was supposed to be a three-month trip to the UK. It’s taken her 20 years to get back, but she’s thrilled to finally be coming home.
There has been plenty going on at Stuff since Sinead Boucher bought the company back in May, including a new-look homepage. Part of the redesign includes a new Perspectives section which showcases opinion and commentary. Heading this up will, Akel will be tasked with building and commissioning a strong stable of diverse voices across Stuff’s newspapers and website.
Most recently, Joseph has been deputy editor of the Page Six section and website at the New York Post. Previously he was founding editor of At Large magazine and executive editor of V and Vman magazines. He then launched the US edition of the 100-year-old French magazine L’Officiel, where he spent two years as editor-in-chief in New York.
These editor appointments follow several senior writing hires in recent months, including Mike White, previously at North & South magazine; Kirsty Johnston, who joins Stuff from New Zealand Herald; Virginia Fallon, who is returning to Stuff after a brief foray away, and Kate Newton who returns to Stuff as a data journalist after several years at RNZ.