InnovationAus.com has appointed the highly-regarded journalist, editor and broadcaster Ben Grubb as its new Editor, charged with running day-to-day news operation of the site, building readership across the innovation ecosystem and to assist in the development of new commercial products.
Grubb, who will join the InnovationAus team in August, has worked most recently as a home page and breaking news editor at Nine’s Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au). He is also a regular technology commentator on TV and radio.
Denham Sadler has also been promoted to National Affairs Editor with primary responsibility for the site’s coverage of federal government policy as it relates to technology and innovation.
Having recently gained Federal Parliament Press Gallery accreditation, Denham will be spending parliamentary sitting weeks in Canberra as part of his new role.
InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod said Grubb’s appointment is a watershed moment for the publication and a doubling-down of a long-standing commitment to quality reporting and valuable insights.
“Ben is known as an outstanding reporter and editor and is hugely respected in the technology sector. We could not be more pleased that he agreed to come on board and will play a huge role in building the InnovationAus platform,” Ms McLeod said.
“In addition to his old-school journalism pedigree, Ben brings an array of digital skills and online publishing experience to the position to build our audience and create value for our readers.
“In a changing media landscape, we have always tried to maintain a clear view of what quality looks like in our sector. Ben’s appointment should send a clear signal that we are strengthening our investment in that core value.”
Grubb has a rich background in local technology media and has held roles at various times with smh.com.au, news.com.au, iTnews, ZDNet, Crikey and Telecom Times.
“Significant changes to our way of life are occurring through the use of technology during the pandemic but few titles are covering this better than InnovationAus.com,” said Grubb.
“As government, industry and society race to stay on top of where technology will take us next, our aim will be to keep readers informed of the successes and failures through factual, sensible and balanced coverage.
“In addition to editing the site, I will write and touch on topics that include cyber security, national security, encryption and privacy; telecommunications and the National Broadband Network; space and earth observation; startups; and drones.”
On a personal note, I would just say I am absolutely delighted that Ben has agreed to come on board at InnovationAus. While I will remain as InnovationAus editorial director, my role will inevitably change as Ben takes the reins – but I will continue to write features and columns about Australian innovation policy.
With National Affairs Editor Denham Sadler’s superb reporting over at long period at InnovationAus, and the addition of senior report Joseph Brookes earlier this year, Ben is joining a great team and I am looking forward the next phase of growth.
Ben Grubb commences the role in early August and can be contacted, along with other members of the reporting team, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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