Staff appointments

Laura Smith
Laura Smith
The Otago Daily Times regions team has welcomed three new reporters this week.

Miranda Cook joins the Queenstown Allied Press team.

She has been in the media industry for six years, starting out as a television journalist for Channel Seven in Australia, where she covered mostly political and court stories.

She also spent a year in London before moving to the Channel Islands, where she worked as a radio reporter.

In 2017, she moved to Auckland and started working as a senior health reporter for trade newspaper Pharmacy Today. She has also worked as a weekend radio reporter for Newstalk ZB.

Miranda Cook
Miranda Cook
The two others will be based in Invercargill - joining the Southland team.

Laura Smith studied communications before completing a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Massey University in Wellington last year.

The 22-year-old is originally from England and migrated to New Zealand with her family 10 years ago.

This is her first reporting role.

Abbey Palmer (23) completed a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Otago before returning to her home town, Wellington, to complete a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Massey University last year (where her classmate was Laura).

Abbey Palmer
Abbey Palmer

She has previously worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including The Dominion Post and Regenerate magazine.


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