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Anne Marie Owens, who has been the top editor at the National Post for nearly five years, is leaving Postmedia Network Inc. to take a new position at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Postmedia spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand said in an e-mail Monday that Ms. Owens will leave the National Post as of April 12. Her interim replacement is deputy editor Julie Traves.

Ms. Owens originally joined the National Post as a reporter before its launch in 1998 and held a number of roles there, including news features editor and assistant managing editor of news, before going to work at Maclean’s magazine.

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She returned to the top editorial position at Postmedia’s Toronto-based national newspaper in June 2014, after three years as deputy editor of Maclean’s – a national news and current affairs magazine published by Rogers Media.

Ms. Owens didn’t comment Monday. Her departure became public after a Postmedia memo was distributed through a Twitter account.

The announcement of her departure comes just days after Stephen Meurice announced to staff at the Canadian Press, where he has been editor-in-chief, that he would leave for personal reasons, effective April 26.

Mr. Meurice had been editor-in-chief at the National Post from 2010 until announcing in March, 2014, that he was departing. He said in an e-mail Monday that he’s not sure of his next career move, but he’s not returning to the Post.

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