Jennifer Spilsbury joined the Cairns Post in 2015 after 20 years at the Daily Mercury in Mackay.
Starting her career there as a cadet reporter, she rose to the top job after holding a number of roles including chief sub-editor, news director and deputy editor before becoming the paper’s first female editor in 2010.
Continuing her tradition of firsts, Spilsbury also became the first female editor of the paper in the city of her birth, Cairns.
Since taking on the Cairns Post role, Spilsbury has overseen a major transformation of the print product, which was unveiled in March 2016, and an overhaul of the brand’s website and social media platforms all of which have delivered massive audience growth. The Cairns Post now engages with 267,000 people each month, a growth of 27 per cent year on year. Last year, the brand won News Corp’s prestigious Achievement in Regional Newspapers award.
Spilsbury’s proud achievements include personally spearheading campaigns for a new Mackay Base hospital and Mackay Headspace, both of which received industry and health awards. She was also an inaugural member and later deputy chairwoman of the Mackay Hospital Foundation.
Spilsbury gives her time to community groups speaking on behalf of the Cairns Post about issues that matter most to people of the Far North and continues to champion the region and those who need a voice. She was also invited to participate in the Cairns Regional Council’s Shared Vision forum, which will help to shape the region’s future.
With an emphasis on people and enhancing their skills, Spilsbury mentors young journalists as well as new editors within the company.
Jennifer is married to Matthew and is the mother of a four-year-old daughter. She is also a golfing tragic who has been a member of golf clubs since she was 12 years old, and has been heavily involved as a player and administrator.
Jennifer Spilsbury will speak at the 2018 Women in Media National Conference.