Kira Cochrane (born 1977) is a British journalist.
She was born and raised in Essex. Her elder brother was killed aged 8 in a traffic accident in 1983, and Cochrane's father had died of a heart attack with the result that Cochrane and her younger brother were brought up by their mother as a single parent. She read American Literature at Sussex and California Universities.
Formerly a journalist on The Sunday Times, she is a feature writer on The Guardian and was the newspaper's women's editor from 2006 to 2010, when she was succeeded by Jane Martinson. Cochrane is now a features writer on the newspaper. She wrote a column for the New Statesman magazine from around 2006 to July 2008.
Kira Cochrane has published two novels, The Naked Season (2003) and Escape Routes for Beginners (2004), which appeared on the long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction In 2009, Cochrane was herself on the judging panel for that year's Orange Prize for Fiction. She co-edited (with Eleanor Mills) Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists (published as Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women in the UK) and has edited an anthology of women's writing which has appeared in The Guardian, Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism (2010).
- "Kira Cochrane". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- Kira Cochrane "Darin Strauss: Two cars, two deaths", The Guardian, 26 February 2011
- "50 years of the women's page", Guardian website
- Kira Cochrane "And it's goodbye to all that . . .", New Statesman, 3 July 2008
- "Orange Prize for Fiction", The Guardian website
- "Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2009 shortlist", Orange Prize newsroom, 21 April 2009
- Jill Abramson "The Lionesses", New York Times, 8 January 2006
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