M&G makes history with youngest editor

Oct 06, 2015

The Mail & Guardian has named Verashni Pillay its newest editor-in-chief, making her the youngest editor in its history at just age 31. In the past, Pillay has served as associate editor and senior reporter there, most recently freelancing as a media consultant and newsroom trainer.

There's even a video heralding her appointment, "because those online roots run deep."

"Brilliant people and an incredibly special publication. So honoured to be appointed editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian," she tweets.

"A beautiful mind, tenacious and fiercely independent ... Blessed to have her on board," shares M&G Media's Trevor Ncube.

At Conversation Africa, Natasha Joseph asks, "So does her appointment make @verashni South Africa's youngest newspaper editor? Congratulations old friend. Exciting times!"

"I wonder? 31 years old, let's hope I don't age prematurely in the role!" Pillay replies.

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