Begley exits Sydney Morning HeraldBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 23rd September 2019 at 4:42pm
Patrick Begley has finished his service at the Sydney Morning Herald to join ABC’s NSW bureau as an investigative reporter.
Begley stated in a Tweet that he had opted to move on after roughly five years at the post. His new remit will focus on major topics such as extremism, politics, environmental issues and the justice system, he added.
“I loved my time there and feel privileged to have learnt from some of the best reporters, editors and photographers around. The Herald gave me the time to pursue the stories I thought important,” read part of his Tweet.
Follow Begley on Twitter @Begley_Patrick and on LinkedIn.
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