Anne McElvoy

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Anne McElvoy
Born (1965-06-25) 25 June 1965 (age 53)
County Durham, England[1]
Nationality British
Education St Bede's RC Comprehensive School
Alma mater
Spouse(s) Martin Ivens
Children Benjamin Ivens, Gabriel Ivens and Isolde Ivens
Parent(s) Alexander McElvoy
Mary Margaret Bartley/McElvoy

Anne McElvoy (born 25 June 1965) is a British journalist for The Economist and the London Evening Standard, and a BBC broadcaster.[2][circular reference]

Early life[edit]

McElvoy attended St Bede's RC Comprehensive School in Lanchester, County Durham, and read German and Philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford. While at Oxford University, she edited Cherwell, the student newspaper. She spent a year at Humboldt University of Berlin, then in East Berlin, studying East German literature and censorship.



She joined The Times in 1988 as a graduate trainee, heavily covering the dissolution of eastern Europe, and later reporting from Moscow. In 1995 she became deputy editor of The Spectator, as well as being a columnist on its sister publication, The Daily Telegraph.[2][circular reference]

In 1997 she became associate editor of The Independent. In 2002 she moved to the Evening Standard as executive editor remaining until 2009, though McElvoy still contributes a weekly political column. In 2009 she joined The Economist. She has also written Man Without A Face:The Autobiography Of Communism's Greatest Spymaster, Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged A Secret War Against The West, and The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life And Legacy.


She has been a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 3 discussion programme Night Waves since 2009, and has appeared on BBC2's Newsnight Review. She also occasionally contributes to BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, McElvoy married Martin Ivens, also a journalist, who is the editor of The Sunday Times. The couple have two sons and one daughter.



  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Anne McElvoy - Biorgrpahy and facts". Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Anne McElvoy". 

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