Easington District Council in County Durham has hired former
reporter Sarah Whelan as its new press officer to meet the increased
demand in media enquiries that the council is facing. Whelan, 30, has
had six years experience as an East Durham reporter with the Sunderland
Echo and started her new job last week. She reports to press and PR head
Phil Bustard who said that because the former mining area is undergoing
various regeneration schemes the council is being required to deal with
more media enquiries and actively promote the area.