Alan Cowell

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Alan Cowell
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 68)
Status married
Occupation journalist, novelist
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, A Walking Guide (novel)
Spouse(s) Christiane Cowell, Susan Cullinan
Children Sarah, Rebecca and Amanda

Alan S. Cowell (born 16 March 1947) is a British journalist and a correspondent for The New York Times. Since 2008 he has been senior correspondent for based in Paris. Cowell began his journalism career as a reporter for British newspapers and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. He joined Reuters in 1972[1] and the New York Times in 1981. His reporting has covered Turkey, the Middle East, central and southern Africa, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

In 1985, Cowell won the George Polk Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize for foreign reporting.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cowell is married to Susan Cullinan. He has two daughters: Sarah and Rebecca and a stepdaughter, Amanda.[3]


  • A Walking Guide: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-4470-2 ISBN 978-0-7432-4470-1
  • "Killing the Wizards: Wars of Power and Freedom from Zaire to South Africa." Simon & Schuster 1992. ISBN 0-671-69629-7
  • "Why Are They Weeping?" South African under Apartheid (with David Turnley). Stewart, Tabori and Chang 1988. ISBN 1-55670-044-X
  • "The Terminal Spy " The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko: A true story of espionage, betrayal and murder. Doubleday 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-52355-4 (US); 9780385614153 (UK)
  • The Paris Correspondent: A Novel New York: The Overlook Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59020-671-3 (US)


  1. ^ Laurence, John. "BOOKS OF THE TIMES: Chasing Death, Then Being Chased." The New York Times, 17 September 2003.
  2. ^ The George Polk Awards for Journalism website
  3. ^ Acknowledgements page, A Walking Guide: A Novel. New York: Simon @ Schuster, 2003.