Shock as The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy suddenly quits her job for a role in Anthony Albanese’s office

  • Murphy’s last day at The Guardian is Friday

Katharine Murphy, political editor of The Guardian, has left the publication and will now take up a new role in Anthony Albanese’s office.

The senior journalist made the announcement on Monday, saying her 28-year career in the Canberra press gallery had been an ‘honour’.

“I am very grateful to so many people for the opportunities I have had and for the generosity mentors, colleagues and readers have given me,” she wrote on X.

‘Playing a part in founding The Guardian with (editor) Lenore Taylor was the greatest privilege of my professional life. But it is time – after almost three decades – for a new chapter.

The Guardian's political editor Katharine Murphy has left the publication and will now take up a new role in Anthony Albanese's office.

The Guardian’s political editor Katharine Murphy has left the publication and will now take up a new role in Anthony Albanese’s office.

“I want to say goodbye by thanking Australians who support good journalism. It has never been more necessary.’

It is unclear what Murphy’s role will be in Mr Albanese’s office, with her last day at The Guardian on Friday.

Murphy was awarded the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2008, and was a 2012 Walkley Award finalist in the Best Digital Journalism category.

The journalist regularly publishes analysis on Australian politics and is also a frequent panellist on the ABC’s Insiders programme.

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The journalist regularly publishes analysis on Australian politics and is also a frequent panellist on the ABC's Insiders program

The journalist regularly publishes analysis on Australian politics and is also a frequent panellist on the ABC’s Insiders program