|Parliamentary Liaison Officer
to the First Minister of Scotland
Serving with Humza Yousaf
|Preceded by||Alasdair Allan|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
5 May 2011
|Born||28 January 1962|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Pat Kane (divorced)|
|Children||2 daughters (Grace, Eleanor)|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow
City University London
Joan McAlpine MSP (born 28 January 1962) is a Scottish journalist and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland. She has a column in the The Daily Record newspaper and is author of the blog Go Lassie Go, which won a Scottish media blog award.
McAlpine was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire and attended St Ninian's Primary school in Gourock and St Columba's secondary in Greenock. She has an MA (Hons) in Scottish History and Economic History from University of Glasgow. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London. McAlpine was formerly married to the writer and musician Pat Kane, with whom she has two daughters.
McAlpine began her career at the Greenock Telegraph in 1987. She went on to work for The Scotsman and The Sunday Times, where she won the Scottish Journalist of the Year award in 1999. In 2000 she was appointed editor of The Sunday Times Scotland and the following year became deputy editor of The Herald; the first woman to hold the Herald post, although not the first Scottish female newspaper editor. She also wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman. Her blog, Go Lassie Go, was voted Scotland's top media blog in 2010.
In 1994 McAlpine co-authored a book on the history of the anti-poll tax campaign, A Time to Rage, with the political activist Tommy Sheridan. In 1999 a programme Border Television written and presented by McAlpine, Crossing the Border, received a commendation but no award at the New York Television Festival.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
McAlpine was elected as a list MSP for the South of Scotland region in the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election. She has been a media adviser for the SNP and Alex Salmond's speechwriter, as well as preparing for debates for the First Minister of Scotland.
- "Democracy Live | Your representatives | Joan McAlpine". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
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- "allmediascotland". allmediascotland. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- "Top journalist’s / mainstream media blogs – Scottish Roundup". Scottishroundup.co.uk. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- "allmediascotland". allmediascotland. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- "A Time to Rage (0748661743) by Tommy Sheridan, Joan Macalpine @". Bookfinder.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- "allmediascotland". allmediascotland. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- Published on Wednesday 18 May 2011 17:21 (2011-05-18). "George Kerevan: The seal of cabinet approval is still to be validated - News - Scotsman.com". News.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
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- Go Lassie Go - online blog
- Scottish Parliament Member's page
- Joan McAlpine on Twitter
- The Guardian articles
- The Scotsman articles