The son of the late Charles Vere Wintour by his marriage to Eleanor Trego Wintour (née Baker), Wintour was educated at Hall School, London, Westminster School, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Westminster, he was a contemporary of Adam Mars-Jones and Chris Huhne.
Known for his contacts inside the Labour Party, Wintour began his career in journalism on the New Statesman from 1976 to 1982, before joining The Guardian as chief Labour Correspondent in 1983. From 1988, he was the paper's chief Political Correspondent, 1988–1996, and then Political Editor of The Observer, The Guardian's Sunday sister paper, until 2000. He returned to The Guardian as chief political correspondent in 2000 before being appointed political editor in 2006, on the retirement of Michael White. Wintour won the British Press Awards "Political Journalist of the Year" award in 2007.
Wintour's sister Anna is the editor of American Vogue, while his father, Charles, was editor of the Evening Standard, and his brother Jim arranged equestrian events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is married to Rachel Sylvester, a journalist at The Times. He has four children, the two eldest were with his first wife, the journalist Madeleine Bunting.
- My job: Patrick Wintour, political editor, The Guardian. Press Gazette. 28 May 2007.
- 'Wintour, Patrick (born 1 Nov 1954)' in Who's Who 2011 (London: A. & C. Black, 2011)
- Press Gazette, Roll of Honour, Retrieved 24 July 2011
- Patrick Wintour on Twitter
- My job: Patrick Wintour, political editor, The Guardian, Press Gazette, 28 May 2007
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