10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alan Rusbridger

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  1. Alan Rusbridger was born on the 29th of December 1953
  2. He is a British journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian
  3. He took up the post in 1995, having been a reporter and columnist earlier in his career
  4. Rusbridger stood down from the post at the end of May 2015 and was succeeded by Katharine Viner
  5. He is now the Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  6. 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.”
  7. When Rusbridger was five, the family returned to Britain and he was educated at Lanesborough Prep School, Guildford, where he was also a chorister at Christ Church, and Cranleigh School, a boys’ independent school in Surrey
  8. At Magdalene College, Cambridge, he read English Literature
  9. He then joined The Guardian as a reporter, and subsequently wrote the paper’s diary column and later became a feature writer
  10. In November 1985, Rusbridger had a brief stint as a Royal reporter following the Prince and Princess of Wales around Melbourne, Australia. Fascinated by gadgets, at this stage he was already using a Tandy word processor and an early (slow) modem to file stories back to London