The National Post named Rob Roberts its new editor-in-chief on Monday.

Roberts has held various editorial positions with the Post, including copy editor when the paper first launched in 1998, until departing to lead the Canadian Press’s Atlantic Bureau.

 

“I’m a Postie to my bones and it’s beyond exciting to be a part of it again,” Roberts told the National Post in an email. “There were so many smart people and smart things being done, and although time has marched on the Post is still the intelligent, irreverent, provocative, contrarian and conservative paper Conrad Black, Kenneth Whyte and many others conjured up.”

Roberts will begin his role on Aug. 6. 

Outgoing editor and Post veteran Anne Marie Owens left the paper in April for a position with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. 

 

“Rob brings great news sense and a deep understanding of the Post’s identity to this role,” said Lucinda Chodan, senior vice president of content at Postmedia in a press release. “Because he was part of the Day One team, he is highly familiar with the thought-provoking, conservative vision that has earned the Post a strong and engaged national audience.”