Alan Rusbridger has been editor of the Guardian since 1995.
Rusbridger’s career began on the Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter
before first joining the Guardian in 1979. He worked as a general reporter, feature writer and diary columnist before leaving to succeed Clive James and Julian Barnes as the Observer’s TV critic.
In 1987 he worked as the Washington correspondent of the London Daily News before returning to the Guardian as a feature writer. He moved from writing to editing the following year, launching Guardian Weekend magazine and the paper’s G2 section. He was made deputy editor in 1994.
He became editor of the Guardian in 1995 and oversaw the integration of the paper and digital
operations. The Guardian is now the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Centre and received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation,
Trafigura, freedom of information and Wikileaks. The paper was nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2006. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times.
Rusbridger and reporter Nick Davies received the UK’s Media Society Award for their revelations and coverage of the phone hacking story in the Guardian. The Guardian has recently broken world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.