Observer editor John Mulholland will become interim editor of Guardian US

John Mulholland will serve as interim editor of Guardian US while editor Lee Glendinning is on maternity leave.

Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said John Mulholland, editor of the Observer, will take on interim leadership of Guardian US during the maternity leave of Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning.

According to the company Mulholland will be based in the Guardian US’s New York headquarters from July until the fall, after which time he will return to his Observer editorship.

Meanwhile, Observer deputy editor Paul Webster will take on editing duties of the paper during Mulholland’s absence and Guardian features editor Malik Meer will temporarily join The Observer senior team as assistant editor working across news and features, the release added.

“Guardian US’s remarkable coverage of underreported issues in Trump's America is resonating strongly with both our American audience and our audience around the world,” Viner said in a statement. “During Lee’s maternity leave, John will work closely with our US team and our US CEO Evelyn Webster to build on these editorial achievements, deliver our plan for the US and oversee the creation of some great journalism.”

Mulholland has been editor of The Observer since 2008. He joined as deputy editor in 1998.

“I’m looking forward to working with our excellent Guardian US team and continuing our distinguished, and distinctive, reporting of events in America,” Mulholland added in the release. “The Observer will be looked after brilliantly by Paul Webster until I return to my day job full time in the autumn.”

Glendinning has been the editor of Guardian US since 2015, where she was previously deputy editor and head of news. Prior to that, she was deputy editor of Guardian Australia. Glendinning joined the Guardian in 2006 and has worked as both a news editor and reporter in London, the release said.

Malik joined the Guardian in 2006 to edit the Guide and moved on to become features editor and G2 editor.

The Guardian said its US audience has grown to 45.1m monthly unique users and accounts for about one-third of all Guardian traffic.

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