Allegra Stratton is political editor of BBC Two's Newsnight programme.
Stratton attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she read archaeology and anthropology. She has worked as a producer for the BBC, on the foreign desk at The Times and written for The Independent and The New Statesman.
After leaving the BBC, she joined The Guardian as a political correspondent, presenting the newspaper's 'Politics Weekly' podcast with Tom Clark.
Stratton returned to the BBC on 20 February 2012. as political editor of Newsnight. She replaced Michael Crick who left to become a political correspondent for Channel 4.
There was criticism of an interview by Stratton broadcast on Newsnight on 23 May 2012. Stratton interviewed a woman, Shanene Thorpe, whom The Independent later reported to have been "fuming" because (it was asserted) the piece was edited (though not by Stratton, who was not the editor) to make her seem like a 'jobless ponce' whereas she did in fact have a job. Peter Rippon, the responsible Editor of Newsnight, later apologised in an open letter to Thorpe, accepting that someone could have got the false impression she was unemployed.
 Personal life
She is married to James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator magazine.
She is also the author of the novel Muhajababes, which explores the youth culture of the Middle East. While Stratton did not coin the term "muhajababe" herself, she addressed the contradictions of modern life of young adults in Muslim societies. (The term arises from "muhajabe," itself a term for "veil.")  
- ^ a b Andy Bloxham "Allegra Stratton appointed political editor of BBC’s Newsnight", Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2011
- ^ "Politics Weekly". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
- ^ "Newsnight: From the web team: Monday 20 February 2012". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
- ^ Samnira Shackle "How Newsnight humiliated single mother Shanene Thorpe", New Statesman (blog), 29 May 2012
- ^ Matthew Bell "The Feral Beast: Game, set and match:Allegro has a prang", The Independent, 27 May 2012
- ^ "Shanene Thorpe" statemwent, BBC Newsnight
- ^ "Simon Hoggart's week: sailing through dire economic straits", The Guardian
- ^ Laura Miller "Here come the muhajababes!: How sex, booze and heavy metal fit into the world of hip young Arabs today." salon.com, July 10, 2008 http://www.salon.com/books/review/2008/07/10/young_islam/index.html?source=newsletter
- ^ Susan Easton "Hijabs and Muhajababes", June 19, 2007 http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=21171
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