Benedict Brogan

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Benedict Brogan
Nationality British
Education Lycée Rochambeau, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Cambridge
Occupation Journalist, columnist, public relations officer
Employer Lloyds Banking Group
Title Deputy Editor, The Daily Telegraph[1]
Term 2009-2014
Predecessor Tony Gallagher
Successor Allister Heath
Board member of Director public affairs, Lloyds Banking Group
Spouse(s) Melanie Dawes
Children One daughter
Website Brogan blogsite

Benedict "Ben" Brogan is a British journalist, formerly Deputy Editor and chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph.[1] In December 2014, six months after resigning his posts at The Telegraph in June 2014,[1] Brogan was appointed group director of public affairs at Lloyds Banking Group.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Brogan was born to an English father and a French mother, and was brought up in Washington, D.C. He attended the Lycée Rochambeau, a French international school in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. He went on to study History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and then gained a Master's degree in International Relations at the University of Cambridge.[3]


After graduating from Cambridge, Brogan worked the at The Herald as a reporter in their Glasgow office. He worked in a wide range of roles at the Herald, becoming their Political Correspondent based in the House of Commons in London in 1992.[4] Brogan then worked for the Daily Mail, moved to the Daily Telegraph in 2000, moved again to the Daily Mail as Political Editor in May 2005,[5] and finally, in February 2009, re-joined the Telegraph as Assistant Editor and chief political commentator.[6]

Media commentator Iain Dale called the move "a real coup for the Telegraph and a big blow to the Mail. Brogan has proved himself to be one of the best political reporters in the business but in the last year or two he has also developed into a fine commentator", and noted that the Daily Telegraph, which at that point had an anti-David Cameron set of columnists, may have been trying to redress the balance.[5]

Brogan wrote the "Morning Briefing" for the Telegraph, a preview of the day ahead's political events, akin to Mike Allen's Playbook.[7] Total Politics referred to it as "an important resource for fellow journalists and political junkies alike".[8]

Brogan maintained a blog on the Telegraph website; it billed itself as "news, gossip, analysis, occasional insight into politics, and more".[9] The Independent noted in 2008 that Brogan "only turned his hand to blogging in 2006, but was an almost instant success and can now expect between 3,000 and 5,000 hits on a busy day. He describes his blog as the place where 'I empty my notebook', sharing snippets of news, observations and asides that might not otherwise find a place in his newspaper. He has won admirers across the political spectrum."[10]

In mid-June 2014, Brogan left his posts at The Telegraph.[1] In December 2014, Brogan was appointed group director of public affairs at Lloyds Banking Group.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Brogan is married to Melanie Dawes and together they have a daughter.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d Jack Sommers "Telegraph Cuts High-Profile Journalists Benedict Brogan and Damian Thompson in Latest Cull", The Huffington Post, 18 June 2014
  2. ^ a b "Lloyds appoints 'Telegraph' deputy editor Benedict Brogan as public affairs director",, 1 December 2014; accessed 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Mr Benedict Brogan | Franco-British Connections". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Members · Franco-British Council". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Iain Dale's Diary: Ben Brogan Rejoins the Telegraph". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Benedict Brogan returns to Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Telegraph". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 political journalists 2011". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Benedict Brogan". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Benedict Brogan profile". Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Women of the Year". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Dawes, Melanie (16 March 2015). "International Women's Day – guest blog from Melanie Dawes". Civil Service Blog. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "At Home with Lord Rothermere: Our Top Tax Man and the Non-Dom Press Baron". Private Eye (1231). 6 March 2009. Dawes, a career Treasury civil servant said by some to have been drafted into HMRC to keep an eye on the taxmen, just happens to be married to Benedict Brogan 
Media offices
Preceded by
Tony Gallagher
Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph
Succeeded by
Allister Heath
Preceded by
David Hughes
Political Editor of the Daily Mail
May 2005 – March 2009
Succeeded by
James Chapman