David Randall (born 1951 in Ipswich) is a British journalist and author of The Universal Journalist, a textbook on journalism.
Randall was born in Norwich and studied Economics at Clare College, Cambridge. He was recruited to write for the student newspaper Varsity by then editor Jeremy Paxman. After a brief stint as a professional comedian and a brand manager at a cosmetics company, he joined the Croydon Advertiser as a trainee reporter in 1974 and became the paper's editor in 1980. In 1981 he joined The Observer as deputy sports editor. Since 1998 has been at the Independent on Sunday, as a news executive.
As well as The Universal Journalist, he is the author of The Great Reporters which profiles the thirteen reporters he regards as being the best the trade has ever produced.