30 Facts About Alan Rusbridger


Alan Charles Rusbridger was born on 29 December 1953 and is a British journalist, who was formerly editor-in-chief of The Guardian and then principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.


Alan Rusbridger stood down from the post at the end of May 2015 and was succeeded by Katharine Viner.


From 2015 to 2021, Alan Rusbridger was principal of Lady Margaret Hall in the University of Oxford.


In 2020, Alan Rusbridger was announced as one of the first members of the Oversight Board created by Facebook.


Alan Rusbridger was born in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, a British protectorate.


Alan Rusbridger then joined The Guardian as a reporter, and subsequently wrote the paper's diary column and later became a feature writer.


In November 1985, Alan Rusbridger had a brief stint as a Royal reporter following the Prince and Princess of Wales around Melbourne.


Alan Rusbridger left in 1986 to become TV critic of The Observer, then an entirely separate newspaper, before moving to America to be the Washington editor of the short-lived London Daily News in 1987.


Alan Rusbridger was appointed as the editor of The Guardian by the Scott Trust in late January 1995 after a decisive vote of the National Union of Journalists chapel, management and trustees in an electoral college.


Alan Rusbridger expanded the publishing bases of the paper, opening American and Australian editions.


Alan Rusbridger believed that the US First Amendment protection would make it harder for the government to intervene.


On 3 December 2013, Alan Rusbridger gave evidence before a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on counterterrorism at the UK Parliament with regard to the publication of information leaked by Snowden.


In Oliver Stone's 2016 movie, Snowden, Alan Rusbridger played a cameo part of a TV interviewer.


In December 2014, Alan Rusbridger announced he would step down as editor of The Guardian in the summer of 2015.


Alan Rusbridger was to have succeeded Dame Liz Forgan as chair of the Scott Trust in September 2016, but announced on 13 May 2016 that he would not take up the post.


The expansion in the later years of Alan Rusbridger's editorship led to unsustainable losses and several hundred job cuts were planned.


Viner and chief executive David Pemsel were opposed to Alan Rusbridger becoming chair of the Scott Trust.


On 17 December 2014, a week after it was published that Alan Rusbridger was stepping down as editor of The Guardian, it was announced that Alan Rusbridger had been elected principal of Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of Oxford University.


In January 2016 Alan Rusbridger led Lady Margaret Hall to explore starting a Foundation Year for young people from under-represented backgrounds.


Alan Rusbridger denied it was a gagging order but said the college "asked both parties to refrain from public comment while the case was active".


Once the student sought legal help, she said Alan Rusbridger "tried desperately to convince her not to complain".


Alan Rusbridger is visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and visiting professor of history at Queen Mary, University of London.


Alan Rusbridger is an amateur pianist and performed Chopin's Ballade No 1 for the television channel More4 in "Rusbridger vs Chopin", where he speaks about the difficulties of taking on a piece considered by many professional pianists as daunting.


Alan Rusbridger appears in the 2016 film Snowden, with a cameo role as a meeting moderator.


Alan Rusbridger has written three children's books, as well as being the co-author of a BBC drama, Fields of Gold.


On 29 September 2020, the office of the Irish Taoiseach announced that Alan Rusbridger was to be a member of Ireland's Future of Media Commission, a body to make recommendations about the future of the country's news media.


Alan Rusbridger announced his resignation from the commission on 14 March 2021.


Alan Rusbridger is married to BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James.


Alan Rusbridger received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Lincoln in September 2009, from the University of Kingston in January 2010 and from the University of Oslo in September 2014.


Alan Rusbridger was one of the 2014 recipients of the Right Livelihood Award.