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Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison has been the Editor of the Express & Star (E&S), one of Britain’s best-selling regional newspapers, since 2013. In addition, he is the editorial director of parent group, the Midland News Association, which publishes numerous daily, weekly, monthly and periodic titles. He is also a director of MNA Digital, which oversees the group’s online output and a separate SEO agency. A journalist since 1987 (and briefly a UCLan student), he has reported from all over the world.

In 2003, he was embedded with UK armed forces during the Iraq War and was subsequently awarded the Iraq Medal and clasp for reporting from the frontline. He is a member of the Society of Editors and represents the regional press on the Regulatory Funding Company, which finances the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Keith spent nine years as E&S Deputy Editor before being appointed editor of its sister daily title, the Shropshire Star, in 2011.

Since taking over at the E&S, the team has won awards for its campaigns and digital output, as well as the prestigious SoE Regional Newspaper of the Year accolade in 2014. A regular public speaker, Keith is also part of the Sky News newspaper review team.