Alexander Chancellor

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Alexander Surtees Chancellor, CBE (born 4 January 1940) is a British journalist. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the editor of the conservative Spectator magazine from 1975 to 1984, and until his retirement in January 2012 contributed a weekly column in The Guardian, published in the "Weekend" supplement each Saturday. In March 2012, Chancellor returned as a columnist for The Spectator, with a column entitled "Long Life".[1]

In 1993 he spent a year in the United States working as an editor at The New Yorker magazine, where he oversaw the "Talk of the Town" section.[2] Some thought him "bumbling" and a "laughingstock", imparting a "skepticism so dry and genial it apparently went unnoticed." [3] This experience was the basis of a memoir, Some Times in America, which was published in both the UK and the US.[4] In June 2014 he became editor of The Oldie magazine in succession to Richard Ingrams.[5]

Chancellor lives in Northamptonshire, and is the father of British model Cecilia Chancellor and the uncle of British actress Anna Chancellor.[6] He is also the grandson of Sir John Chancellor, the first Governor of Southern Rhodesia.[7]

He was appointed a CBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to journalism.[8]


  1. ^ Greenslade, Roy (7 March 2012). "Chancellor returns to The Spectator". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ Porter, William (6 February 2000). "Best New Yorker profiles gathered in Life Stories". The Denver Post (Colorado). p. G-04. 
  3. ^ THE CLOSE READER; Tina and Harry's Excellent Adventure, Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, August 12, 2001
  4. ^ Chancellor, Alexander (2000). Some Times in America - And a Life in a Year at the New Yorker. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0710-2. 
  5. ^ Harry Mount "Richard Ingrams on his successor at The Oldie: 'He’s a bloody fool for taking the job’", Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2014
  6. ^ Kay, Richard (18 November 2005). "Winner singing the blues". Daily Mail (London). 
  7. ^ Despite Mugabe's hatred of British colonialism, the road he lives in is still named after my grandfather, The Guardian, 27 June 2008
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 7. 16 June 2012.

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Preceded by
Harold Creighton
Editor of The Spectator
Succeeded by
Charles Moore
Preceded by
Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph
Succeeded by
Ian Watson