Cathy Newman

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Cathy Newman
Cathy Newman.jpg
Cathy Newman in 2012
Born Catherine Elizabeth Newman
(1974-07-14) 14 July 1974 (age 43)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Residence Herne Hill, London, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1997-present
Known for Channel 4 News
Spouse(s) John O'Connell (m. 2001)
Children 2

Catherine Elizabeth Newman (born 14 July 1974)[1][2] is an English journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Guildford, Surrey, Newman is a daughter of Julia (née Worsdall) and David Newman, both chemistry teachers.[3][4] She was educated at Charterhouse, an independent school.[5] She was on the path to a career as a violinist or in the legal profession before changing her plans as a result of seeing BBC journalist Kate Adie on television.[6] Newman graduated with a first[2] from Oxford University, where she read English at Lady Margaret Hall.[7]

After university, Newman briefly worked for Media Week and The Independent (as business correspondent)[8] before joining the Financial Times at the age of 23. Her older colleague Alice Rawsthorn acted as a mentor at the FT,[9] where Newman worked as a media and then (for three years) political correspondent. In 2000, Newman gained a Laurence Stern fellowship to work at The Washington Post for four months.[8] During her period in the US, she followed the 2000 Presidential campaign of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.[6][10]

Channel 4 News[edit]

From 2006[edit]

She joined Channel 4 News as a political correspondent (and deputy to political editor Gary Gibbon) in January 2006.[11] In this role she broke several stories, including claims the Treasury pushed through the nomination of then Chancellor Gordon Brown's close friend Ronald Cohen for the House of Lords,[12] challenging Peter Mandelson at the Brighton Labour Party conference in 2009, over his claimed use of the C-word in a conversation with Rebekah Brooks, then Wade, the CEO of News International.[13]


Newman became the first female co-presenter of the programme in 2011.[14][15] Alongside this, she has also headed the team behind the FactCheck blog.

From 2013 to 2015, Newman's pursuit of a story about the allegations of improper conduct levelled at Lord Rennard, once a leading figure in the Liberal Democrats, included her participation in an LBC local London radio phone-in on 27 February 2013 to quiz deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the issue.[16][17] Newman has commented that sexism was endemic at Westminster during her period as a lobby correspondent there, but has also said that the newspaper industry is even worse.[18] She told Natasha Lunn in an interview for Red magazine in 2016: "As a woman in the media I feel a duty to make sure we report those issues. I’ve always wanted to right injustices; I suppose what’s changed is I’ve now got a keener sense of how journalists can hold power to account".[19]

In late 2013, she travelled with William Hague and Angelina Jolie to highlight the effect of warzone rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.[20] [21] Newman also investigated the balance of the curriculum in some faith schools in the UK for the Dispatches series on Channel 4.[22]

A regular commentator on politics in other media outlets, Newman has appeared as a guest panellist on Have I Got News For You[23] and blogs for The Daily Telegraph[24] and Economia magazine.[25]

Newman was long-listed for the Orwell Prize (Journalism) in 2010[26] and again in 2011 for the blog prize.[27] She was announced as one of the judges for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015.[28]

Mosque "ushering" apology[edit]

On 1 February 2015, Newman tweeted that she was "ushered onto the street" when she went to South London Islamic Centre (SLIC) for a 'Visit My Mosque' programme in error.[29] A spokesperson for the Hyderi Islamic Centre had said Newman had simply visited the wrong address.[30] Later, The Huffington Post obtained CCTV footage which, "appeared to contradict" her account; Newman has since apologised.[31]

Jordan Peterson interview[edit]

On 16 January 2018, Newman interviewed the Canadian Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson on various topics, including gender politics, while promoting his new book in the UK.[32] The interview went viral and has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube within three days.[33][34] Newman has been criticised by Douglas Murray,[35] Nicholas A. Christakis and others, for an aggressive and biased interview, while repeatedly misquoting Peterson, at one point being unable to reply to his statement about freedom of speech.[36][37][38][39] A few days later, the programme editor Ben de Pear announced a consultation with security specialists over Newman's safety after she had been deluged by "vicious misogynistic abuse", and that he "will not hesitate to get the police involved if necessary".[32] However, it was revealed that only a minority of online comments included profanity, something Peterson denounced, but pointing out that "they've provided no evidence that the criticisms constituted threats".[39]

In 2013 Newman previously admitted that she “positively discriminates in favour of women” to counter alleged male-centric bias. She also stated her support for "public shaming" of alleged trolls and sexists, stating "the best way to tackle these people is to publicly humiliate them."[40]

Personal life[edit]

Newman married writer John O'Connell, whom she met at university, in 2001. The couple have two daughters and live in Herne Hill.[14] Newman has talked openly about deciding to abort[41] another child, after discovering 13 weeks into her pregnancy that the baby had a very rare condition which meant there was a high chance of a stillbirth.


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Lisa Campbell "Cathy Newman, C4 News", Broadcast, 20 October 2011. Newman's date of birth as given as "Bastille Day 1974".
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Newman, Cathy, (born 14 July 1974), presenter, Channel 4 News, since 2011 - WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-249479. 
  5. ^ "Charterhouse - Senior Only Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Independent School - Surrey (see also London - Outer) - Guide to Independent Schools". 
  6. ^ a b Ian Burrell "Channel 4 newsreader Cathy Newman doesn't just read the news - she makes it", Independent on Sunday, 18 May 2014
  7. ^ "Prominent LMH alumni" Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University website
  8. ^ a b "Cathy Newman - News and Current Affairs", Knight Ayton Management
  9. ^ Sophie Morris "My Mentor: Cathy Newman On Alice Rawsthorn", The Independent, 28 August 2006
  10. ^ "Nader Picks a Milder Shade of Green". Common Dreams (reproduced from Washington Post). 
  11. ^ "Cathy Newman - Presenter", Channel 4 News website
  12. ^ "Brown honour nomination 'normal'". BBC News. 
  13. ^ "Did Mandelson use the 'chump' word?". Channel 4 News. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Neil Midgley "Cathy Newman: The time I feel the need for plastic surgery is the time that I leave TV", Evening Standard, 6 December 2011
  15. ^ "Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News". Broadcast Now. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Elgot, Jessica (27 February 2013). "Lord Rennard Allegations: Channel 4 Cathy Newman Calls Clegg Phone-In". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Newman, Cathy (27 February 2013). "Lord Rennard row: Nick Clegg called to account by Cathy Newman". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  18. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa. "Cathy Newman claims to have been propositioned at political conference". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  19. ^ Lunn, Natasha (30 November 2016). "An Interview With News Presenter Cathy Newman". Red. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  20. ^ Newman, Cathy (26 December 2013). "In DR Congo with Angelina Jolie". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  21. ^ Newman, Cathy (1 December 2012). "Angelina Jolie: why I can't stay silent on warzone rape". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Channel 4 Dispatches goes undercover to question the role of faith communities in our schools". Hardcash Productions. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Have I Got News For You Series 46 Episode 1 of 11". BBC. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Cathy Newman", contributor page,
  25. ^ "Cathy Newman", Economia contributor page
  26. ^ "Cathy Newman - Political correspondent", The Orwell Prize, Journalism Prize, 2010
  27. ^ "Cathy Newman - The FactCheck Blog - Channel 4 News", The Orwell Prize, Blog Prize, 2011
  28. ^ "Baileys women's prize for fiction shortlists debut alongside star names". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Channel 4's Cathy Newman 'Ushered Out' Of London Mosque During Open Day", Huffington Post, 1 February 2015
  30. ^ Johnston, Ian (2 February 2015). "'Mix-up, not sexism' as Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman is turned away from a mosque on 'Visit My Mosque Day'". The Independent. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  31. ^ "Channel 4's Cathy Newman Apologises After CCTV Footage Emerges Of Mosque Incident", Huffington Post, 6 February 2015
  32. ^ a b Ruddick, Graham (19 January 2018). "Channel 4 calls in security experts after Cathy Newman suffers online abuse". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  33. ^ Harley, Nicola (20 January 2018). "Channel 4 News calls in security experts after trolls make 'vicious' threats to presenter Cathy Newman". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  34. ^ Sharman, Jon; Pasha-Robinson, Lucy (20 January 2018). "Cathy Newman: Channel 4 calls in security experts following 'vicious abuse' over Jordan Peterson interview". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  35. ^ Murray, Douglas (17 January 2018). "Watch: Cathy Newman's catastrophic interview with Jordan Peterson". The Spectator. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  36. ^ Harris, Uri (17 January 2018). "Jordan B Peterson, Critical Theory, and the New Bourgeoisie". Quillette. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  37. ^ Booth, Nick (20 January 2018). "Car-crash Cathy's greatest hits". The Conservative Woman. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  38. ^ Goins-Phillips, Tre (17 January 2018). "Psychologist Leaves Reporter Speechless After Explaining Free Speech to Her". Independent Journal Review. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  39. ^ a b Doward, Jamie (21 January 2018). "'Back off', controversial professor urges critics of C4 interviewer". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  40. ^ "Channel 4 newsreader Cathy Newman says public humiliation is the". 19 July 2013. 
  41. ^ Newman, Cathy (2 October 2012). "Cathy Newman: how the agony of my abortion made me see both sides". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 

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