With independent, daily reporting from around Europe, The Local is a window on life in other cultures.
Daily news is the glue of society, defining the issues we care about as a community. We capture the essence of nations by finding the stories that tell us who we are and who those other people over there are, breaking down barriers and bringing us closer together. Our entertaining blend of daily news, business and features has made The Local the largest English-language news network in Europe with five million readers every month.
CEO & Publisher – @SavLocal
James formerly headed up our European editorial team and is now our CEO. Originally from Lincolnshire, England, he moved to Sweden in 2003 where he met Paul Rapacioli and they started The Local. He has also lived in London and Paris.
Managing Editor – @McPBen
Ben McPartland currently leads our editorial team. A native of Durham, northern England, Ben has also lived in London, Madrid and Liverpool. He moved to Paris, France in 2011.
Director – Commercial Strategy & Sales
Anna Agebjörn originally harks from the county of Småland in Sweden, but after a 12-year stint in Glasgow and London she claims to feel more British than Swedish. She is now back on Swedish soil and looks after The Local’s key clients.
Digital Marketing Manager
Nic is our Digital Marketing Manager currently responsible for growing our Membership subscription service. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ad Operations Executive
Lara, originally from Iceland, now lives in Stockholm, Sweden where she manages our ad operations.
Samantha Govender, originally from South Africa, now lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She manages The Local’s office, including payroll, accounts, invoicing, events, and more.
Founder – @paulrapacioli
Originally from London, Paul moved to Sweden in 2003. He started The Local with James Savage in 2004.
Deputy Managing Editor / Sweden Editor – @ekjlofgren
After having spent eight years in Scotland, working for local newspapers in places as diverse as the Outer Hebrides and Aberdeen, Emma is back in her native Sweden. She joined The Local’s editorial team in January 2015.
Europe Editor /Deputy Editor The Local Sweden – @CatJREdwards
Catherine moved to Stockholm to join The Local in October 2015. Originally from Cheshire, England, she studied in Oxford and has also worked in Bologna, Rome and Berlin.
Editor – @rthejournalist
Rachel is a Berlin-based editor and journalist passionate about telling interesting stories from throughout the country with accuracy and reliability. She freelanced for The Local before becoming Germany editor in September 2018. She will return from leave in July 2022.
Acting Editor – @rachloxton
Multi-skilled award-winning journalist with nearly 10 years experience writing and editing for UK and German publications. Rachel joined The Local in September 2018 and is currently the acting editor.