Alan Rusbridger

Alan Charles Rusbridger (born 29 December 1953) is a British journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian.

Rusbridger became editor-in-chief of The Guardian in 1995, having been a reporter and columnist earlier in his career. Rusbridger stood down from the post at the end of May 2015 and was succeeded by Katharine Viner. In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for “building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by the challenges of exposing corporate and government malpractices”.

Since 2015, Rusbridger has been Principal of Lady Margaret Hall in the University of Oxford. He was appointed chair of the University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in 2016.  In 2020, Rusbridger was announced as one of the first members of the Oversight Board created by Facebook.

Books in order of publication:


 The Guardian Year (1994) edited by Alan Rusbridger

 The Coldest Day in the Zoo (2004)

The Wildest Day at the Zoo (2005)

The Smelliest Day at the Zoo (2007)

Play It Again: Why Amateurs Should Attempt the Impossible (2012)

 Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now (6 September 2018)

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