The Yellowknifer newspaper has confirmed Michele Taylor will be its new editor.

A short report featured in Wednesday’s edition of the paper stated Taylor “brings a wealth of experience to her new role.”

The report made no mention of former editor James O’Connor, who spent a year in post before parting company with the newspaper’s parent company, NNSL, last week. O’Connor told Cabin Radio he was fired.

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Taylor was first listed as the newspaper’s editor in last Friday’s ‘weekend’ edition of the Yellowknifer, though her permanent appointment had not been confirmed by NNSL at the time.

In Wednesday’s edition, managing editor Mike Bryant stated: “Michele is often the first person in the newsroom to know what’s going on.

“She seems to know everybody. She is passionate about news and newspapers and their importance in telling people’s stories. I’m very excited about her new role. I know she will do very well.”

Quoted in the same report, Taylor said: “I hope to bring even reporting and fairness across the board for all aspects of this community.”

Whereas the Yellowknifer routinely carried columns under O’Connor’s name prior to his apparent dismissal, Taylor’s byline appears nowhere in the two editions of the newspaper she has so far overseen.

According to NNSL, Taylor has served three stints at the company – first as a photo editor, then design manager, then news editor. She rejoined NNSL in August 2017, the company said, and also spent time as the editor of territory-wide Monday publication News/North.