Ashleigh Raper appointed 10 News First political editor – Highly respected political reporter, Ashleigh Raper has been appointed Network Political Editor and will lead Network 10’s political coverage on 10 News First, and also feature on The Project and Studio 10.

Previously the NSW state political reporter for ABC News, Ashleigh has been a fixture on Sydney’s Macquarie Street covering all the major stories.

Martin White, Head of Broadcast News, Paramount Australia and New Zealand, said:

“Ashleigh’s track record speaks for itself. She’s a journo of the highest quality, with a history of covering big political stories and elections. I’m thrilled she’s joining 10 and can’t wait for her to get started.”

Ashleigh said:

“It’s a dream come true to head to the nation’s capital and cover politics at a time when the issues are impacting people like never before.”  

“I can’t wait to join Network 10 and the team in Canberra.”

Born and raised in Sydney, Ashleigh has spent the past 15 years working in ABC newsrooms across the country as a reporter and presenter for television, radio, digital and social media platforms.

Ashleigh started her career in regional radio reporting for ABC Orange and ABC Newcastle, before returning to Sydney to continue her career in radio as a newsreader for Triple J. Twelve months later the talented reporter moved into television where she has been honing her skills writing, producing and presenting state and national news stories for the past 13 years.

During her career, Ashleigh has led the state political coverage across ABC NSW. She has been there for all the big moments and breaking stories across the state including landmark legislation, resignations, leadership spills and the recent NSW state election.

Ashleigh was the trusted face of ABC NSW’s Covid coverage and reported on the state’s worst disasters including the Lismore floods and the black summer bushfires.

Ashleigh is also a political columnist, panellist, analyst and podcast co-host.

Ashleigh will commence in her new role next month.

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Ashleigh Raper appointed 10 News First political editor