Sean Cowan joined Business News as managing editor in 2020. Prior to joining this publication, Mr Cowan spent three years as managing editor, Western Australia at Australian Community Media as that company went through a demerger from Fairfax/Nine. He began his career at West Australian newspapers in 1998, spending time as the Karratha Bureau reporter, courts reporter, legal affairs writer, chief crime reporter, freedom of information editor and then as an investigative journalist with a roving brief. During this period, he was WA Journalist of the Year on three occasions. Mr Cowan also has four years of experience as a lecturer in journalism at Curtin University, during which time he was awarded a first-class honours in history for his thesis on the early history of football in Western Australia. In addition to his work in journalism, Mr Cowan has twice judged the West Australian of the Year awards, is a member of the WA Football Commission's heritage committee and is a selector for the WA Institute of Sport's Hall of Champions.
An eight-centimetre height difference between the original floor of a Coles supermarket and an extension to the building has led the owner to take legal action against the architecture firm that designed the extension.
Former Quintis director Graeme Scott has had an early victory in his defamation battle with several of the company's most senior executives, with the Supreme Court ruling there should be no restriction on his access to one of the documents at the centre of the case.