Katharine Viner is to become the first female editor-in-chief of The Guardian newspaper.
Viner, currently editor-in-chief of the broadsheet’s New York-based US website, will take over from the departing Alan Rusbridger in the summer.
Viner joined The Guardian in 1997 and has been its deputy editor as well as editor of its Saturday edition.
Her other roles include editor of its G2 supplement, deputy women’s editor and editor of its Weekend magazine.
“Being editor-in-chief of the Guardian and Observer is an enormous privilege and responsibility,” Viner said in a statement.
She was “honoured”, she added, to be “leading a first class team of journalists revered around the world for outstanding reporting, independent thinking, incisive analysis and digital innovation”.
Rusbridger, who has edited The Guardian since 1995, said his successor would “bring immense experience, flair, warmth, imagination and formidable energy” to her new role.
The Scott Trust, owner of the Guardian Media Group, chose Viner over one other candidate after a seven-hour meeting.
Dame Liz Forgan, outgoing chair of the trust, said Viner had “shown herself to be an inspiring and courageous leader” with a “deep commitment to The Guardian’s traditions of plural, liberal journalism”.
Viner was educated at Ripon Grammar School in North Yorkshire and at Oxford University.
Earlier this month she won 53% of votes in a staff ballot to choose the next editor.