Allegra Stratton

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Allegra Stratton
Allegra Stratton at Policy Exchange.jpg
Stratton in 2015
Born (1980-11-25) 25 November 1980 (age 36)
Education Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) ITV News
Spouse(s) James Forsyth

Allegra Stratton (born 25 November 1980) is a British journalist and writer. Since January 2016, she has been the National Editor of ITV News after four years as political editor on BBC Two's Newsnight.[1] She has also co-presented Peston on Sunday with Robert Peston since May 2016.

Early life[edit]

Stratton attended Chiswick Community School and Latymer Upper School in west London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she read archaeology and anthropology.


Stratton worked as a producer for the BBC, on the foreign desk at The Times and wrote for The Independent and the New Statesman.

She then joined The Guardian as a political correspondent, presenting the newspaper's "Politics Weekly" podcast with journalist Tom Clark.[2]

During this period she wrote the novel Muhajababes, which explores the youth culture of the Middle East, which addressed the contradictions of modern life of young adults in Muslim societies.[3][4]

Stratton returned to the BBC on 20 February 2012,[5] as political editor of Newsnight, replacing Michael Crick who left to become a political correspondent for Channel 4.[6]

In November 2015, it was announced that Stratton was leaving the BBC to join ITV News as its National Editor.[7] Stratton made her first appearance on ITV's News at Ten in January 2016. She co-presents Peston on Sunday, ITV with Robert Peston.

Personal life[edit]

Allegra Stratton is married to James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator magazine.[8] The couple live in Canonbury, north London,[9] and have one child.



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