Cassandra Caroline Mary Jardine (16 November 1954 – 29 May 2012) was a British journalist, best known as a contributor to The Daily Telegraph over a twenty-year period.
Born in London, the youngest of three daughters, her parents were Anne, a Conservative councillor in Kensington and Chelsea, and Christopher Jardine, a civil servant. In 1972, as the Under Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry, although later "vindicated", he was accused of "negligence" after a car insurance company collapsed. Cassandra Jardine was educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge.
After Jardine graduated from Cambridge University in 1976, she became an assistant to the Daily Telegraph contributor T.E. Utley and later spent a period working for Cosmopolitan, Unilever's internal publication and Business magazine. She returned to the Daily Telegraph on 29 March 1989 as a feature writer and interviewed several hundred public figures over the years before latterly writing about health for the newspaper.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2010, specifically adenocarcinoma. She began to write about her illness, and won the Lung Cancer Journalism award in 2011, and the Excellence in Oncology award in the same year. She wrote two books about parenting How to be a Better Parent: No Matter How Badly Your Children Behave or How Busy You Are (2003); and Positive Not Pushy: How to Make the Most of Your Child’s Potential (2005).
Jardine was married to the actor William Chubb; the couple had five children, 2 sons and 3 daughters who were aged between 13 and 22 at the time she died.
The Daily Telegraph has founded the annual Cassandra Jardine Prize for young women journalists in her honour.
- Obituary: Cassandra Jardine, telegraph.co.uk, 29 May 2012
- Cassandra Jardine "Like Dr Kelly, my father took the blame", telegraph.co.uk, 6 January 2004
- "Cassandra Jardine loses fight with cancer", telegraph.co.uk, 29 May 2012
- "Telegraph pays tribute to feature writer Cassandra Jardine who has died of cancer", Press Gazette (Wire blog), 30 May 2012
- "Cassandra Jardine: 1954–2012", telegraph.co.uk, 29 May 2012
- Cassandra Jarine "Cassandra Jardine on her cancer diagnosis: The day my life changed for ever", telegraph.co.uk,
- "Cassandra Jardine wins award for writing about her lung cancer", telegraph.co.uk, 31 May 2011
- Alison Roberts "Life after Cass...the courage of Cassandra Jardine who died from cancer last month has been an inspiration to her family", Evening Standard, 29 June 2012
- "Cassandra Jardine Prize". Daily Telegraph.