Gary Younge

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Gary Younge at Haymarket Books in 2013

Gary Younge (born 1969) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster.


Younge was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK, to immigrant parents from Barbados and grew up in Stevenage. When he was 17, he went to teach English in a United Nations Eritrean refugee school in Sudan with Project Trust. On his return, he went to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he studied French and Russian, Translating and Interpreting. He went on to study at City University, London, gaining a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism in 1993.

Younge is a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian. He writes a monthly column for The Nation, "Beneath the Radar". His book No Place Like Home, in which he retraced the route of the civil rights Freedom Riders, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 1999. Younge also has made radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the Tea Party movement to hip-hop culture.

From 2001 to 2003, he won Best Newspaper Journalist Award in Britain’s Ethnic Minority Media Awards three years in a row.

In 2009, Younge was appointed the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor for Public Policy and Social Administration at Brooklyn College, where he taught both graduates and undergraduates for two years.

In 2011, he moved to Chicago, where he now lives with his wife Tara Mack and his son, Osceola.[1]

His brother Pat Younge is chief creative officer of BBC Vision.[2]



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