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Carole Cadwalladr

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Carole Cadwalladr
BornCarole Jane Cadwalladr
Taunton, Somerset, England
EducationRadyr Comprehensive School
Alma materHertford College, Oxford

Carole Cadwalladr (born 1969) is a British investigative journalist and features writer.


Cadwalladr was born in Taunton, Somerset[1] educated at Radyr Comprehensive School, Cardiff,[2] and Hertford College, Oxford.[3]

Cadwalladr is a former Daily Telegraph journalist who is a features writer for The Observer.[4]

Her first novel, The Family Tree, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Author's Club First Novel Award, the Waverton Good Read Award, and the Wales Book of the Year. It was also a Daily Mail Book Club pick and was dramatised as a five-part serial on BBC Radio 4.[5] In the US, it was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. The Family Tree was translated into several languages including Spanish, Italian, German, Czech, and Portuguese.

As a journalist, her recent work has been about issues related to technology. She has for example, interviewed Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia.[6]

Since late 2016, The Observer has published an extensive series of articles by Cadwalladr about the alleged "right-wing fake news ecosystem".[7]

Anthony Barnett wrote in the blog of The New York Review of Books about Cadwalladr's articles in The Observer, which have alleged malpractice by campaigners for Brexit, and the reputed illicit funding of Vote Leave, in the 2016 EU membership referendum. She has also reported on alleged links between Nigel Farage, the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election currently under investigation in the United States.[7] Before Cambridge Analytica closed operations in 2018, the company took legal action against The Observer for the claims made in Cadwalladr's articles.[8]

Journalism awards[edit]

Cadwalladr has twice been shortlisted in the British Press Awards.

Cadwalladr has won the following awards:


  • Cadwalladr, Carole (29 November 2005). The Family Tree: A Novel. Penguin. ISBN 9781440649516.


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  2. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (24 August 2015). "Whatever the party, our political elite is an Oxbridge club". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Hertford, Hugh, and Press Freedom". Hertford, College, Oxford University. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Carole Cadwalladr". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ BookBrowse. "Carole Cadwalladr author biography".
  6. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (7 October 2014). "Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'It's true, I'm not a billionaire. So?' – interview". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b Barnett, Anthony (14 December 2017). "Democracy and the Machinations of Mind Control". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ The Observer fought off legal threats from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Press Gazette
  9. ^ Slawson, Nicola (12 December 2017). "Guardian and Observer scoop three prizes in British Journalism Awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (11 December 2017). "British Journalism Awards 2017: Nick Ferrari is journalist of the year, Inside Housing named top news provider". Press Gazette. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  11. ^ Orwell Foundation (25 June 2018). "Orwell Prize 2018: The Orwell Prize for Journalism". The Orwell Foundation. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ "The Observer's Carole Cadwalladr wins Reporters Without Borders' 'L'esprit de RSF' award | Reporters without borders". RSF (in French). Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  13. ^ Rawlinson (November 2018). "Amelia Gentleman and Carole Cadwalladr win joint journalist of the year award". Retrieved 7 December 2018.

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