Returning editor’s back in the office — 11 years after she left the same role

After almost eleven years, five jobs and a couple of lockdowns Fiona Phillips is back at her desk in the editor’s office at the Western Telegraph.

Fiona, who joined the Newsquest weekly as a trainee 40 years ago, actually returned to the editor’s role she held between 2002 and 2010 in April this year — but the global pandemic put paid to her return to the west Wales offices until now.

Fiona Phillips back in the Editor’s chair at Western Telegraph

“Although the building isn’t the same — the offices where I spent a huge chunk of my career are now home to a charity — the look and feel of the newsroom here is still so familiar to me.

“When I started work I was a teenager — and the only non-smoker; I thought the newsroom walls were painted yellow. They weren’t. It was nicotine residue.

“Today bottles of hand sanitiser have replaced ashtrays; laptops typewriters; but everything else feels the same.

“My team is still working from home currently — so some of them I only know via our Teams chats; but they are still doing what weekly reporters do best — telling the stories of our readers and championing their concerns.

“I can’t wait for us all to be working in the same place at the same time.

“It really does feel good to have my feet under this desk, once more.”

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