The Age editor Gay Alcorn to take extended leave

The editor of The Age, Gay Alcorn, is taking extended leave until the new year. Deputy editor Michael Bachelard will be acting editor in her absence.

Alcorn said that her husband was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease earlier this year and she needed and wanted to spend more time with him.

“I intend to return to The Age, but this is a difficult time for my family and I need to put them first,” Alcorn said.

“I want to thank Michael, who is an outstanding journalist and will do a great job as acting editor, executive editor Tory Maguire for her compassion and support and my executive assistant Caroline Hartnett for everything she does at The Age .”

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