Daily Mail appoints Kay-Jelski as sports editor

Alex Kay-Jelski has been appointed as the new sports editor at the Daily Mail.

He replaces Les Snowdon, who departs after five and a half years to become editor of The Times in Scotland.

Alex Kay-Jelski: promotion in the Mail
Alex Kay-Jelski: promotion at the Mail

Kay-Jelski, 30, will report to head of sport Lee Clayton. “Alex is a passionate, talented journalist who has made expeditious progress through the department. He deserves this prestigious role at the Daily Mail and I am delighted for him,” Clayton said. “I look forward to working more closely with Alex, who I rate extremely highly.”

Kay-Jelski has been working as the Mail’s assistant sports editor, and has worked at the paper since 2007, having come through the paper’s graduate trainee scheme after university in Edinburgh, where he worked on the student newspaper and began freelance sports writing.

His appointment completes the Mail’s re-jigged senior sports team which includes deputy sports editor Marc Padgett, former Sun sports editor Ted Chadwick and former Daily Star sports editor Jim Mansell.

Kay-Jelski said: “I have enjoyed working with Lee and Les Snowdon immensely and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Daily Mail sport has a fantastic stable of journalists and columnists. I hope I can continue to help advance the success of the newspaper and the website.”

The Mail was named as the SJA’s 2013 Sports Newspaper of the Year and Sports Website of the Year.


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