Northern Echo editor Peter Barron leaves after 17 years
The longest-serving editor in the history of the Northern Echo is stepping down after 17 years at the helm.
Peter Barron, 53, first started at the Darlington-based newspaper as a reporter in 1984.
He said he is most proud of the Echo's campaigns which included cutting the times people were waiting for heart bypasses and helping convince Hitachi to open a factory in Newton Aycliffe.
His last day is 8 April.
Mr Barron spent the first three years of his journalism career as a trainee with the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph before moving to the Echo.
He became deputy editor of the so-called "Great Daily of the North" before leaving to edit the Hartlepool Mail in 1997.
He returned to the Echo - which covers the north east of England and North Yorkshire and has a daily circulation of about 29,000 - two years later as editor.
Mr Barron, who has also written several childrens' books and is a regular contributor to BBC Tees, said: "I leave with a kaleidoscope of memories.
"Many of them are happy, some of them sad, but they come together as an unforgettable experience and an enormous privilege."
Assistant editors Nigel Burton and Andy Richardson will be joint group editors while a new editor is found.
Mr Barron will continue to write columns for the Northern Echo.