Alex Massie (journalist)

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Alex Massie (born 1 July 1974) is a Scottish freelance journalist and libertarian commentator based in Edinburgh.[1]


He was educated at Glenalmond College in Perthshire and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he edited T.C.D. Miscellany. He was also an active member of the University Philosophical Society, the college's main debating society.

In 1997, he won the John Smith Memorial Mace debating competition, speaking with Matthew Magee and representing the University Philosophical Society. Formerly The Observer Mace, the competition was renamed in 1995 and is run by the English-Speaking Union.


Massie is a former Washington correspondent for The Scotsman. He was previously Assistant Editor of Scotland on Sunday. A regular contributor to those papers, he has also written for The Daily Telegraph, The New Republic, The Daily Beast,[2] The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, National Review Online, The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times [3], The American Conservative, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Observer, The New Statesman, The Big Issue, Slate, The Irish Independent, Newsweek and The Sunday Business Post.[4] Since January 2009[5] he has written a blog[6] that is published by The Spectator.[7] In 2012 he was short-listed in the blog section for the Orwell Prize for political writing.[8] As of May 2013, he writes a fortnightly column for the Scottish edition of The Times. He is a supporter of the Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy.[citation needed]

Private life[edit]

Massie plays for Selkirk Cricket Club and supports Scottish football side Heart of Midlothian.[9] He is the son of journalist Allan Massie.


  1. ^ "What the commentators say about the Scottish independence White Paper". STV News. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alex Massie". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ Massie, Alex (11 May 2010). "Britain's Coalition of Pain". The New York Times. 
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  5. ^ Administrator (2009-01-27). "Massie Blog Moving to Spectator". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Alex Massie joins". The Spectator. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Nine points behind — has Alex Salmond lost before he's begun?". 26 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Orwell Prize 2012 Shortlists Announced". The Orwell Prize. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  9. ^ Alex Massie (31 August 2009). "Megrahi Release Explained: He's a Rangers Fan". The Spectator. 

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