Born in Guildford, Surrey, Newman is a daughter of two chemistry teachers, and 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. Newman graduated with a first from Oxford University, where she read English at Lady Margaret Hall.
Career in journalism
After university, Newman briefly worked for Media Week and The Independent (as business correspondent) before joining the Financial Times at the age of 23. Her older colleague Alice Rawsthorn acted as a mentor at the FT, 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. During her period in the US, she followed the 2000 Presidential campaign of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.
She joined Channel 4 News as a political correspondent (and deputy to political editor Gary Gibbon) in January 2006. 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, 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 and uncovering five illegal immigrants who were employed in the Home Office.
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. 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. In late 2013, she travelled with William Hague and Angelina Jolie to highlight the effect of warzone rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Newman also investigated the balance of the curriculum in some faith schools in the UK for the Dispatches series on Channel 4.
Newman was long-listed for the Orwell Prize (Journalism) in 2010 and again in 2011 for the blog prize. She was announced as one of the judges for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015.
Mosque "ushering" apology
On February 1, 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. A spokesperson for the Hyderi Islamic Centre had said Newman had simply visited the wrong address. Later, The Huffington Post obtained CCTV footage which, "appeared to contradict" her account; Newman has since apologised.
Newman married writer John O'Connell, whom she met at university, in 2001. The couple have two daughters. Newman has talked openly about deciding to abort another child, after discovering 13 weeks into her pregnancy that the baby had a very rare condition which meant there was a high chance it would die before reaching full term, or during labour.
In 2014 a man appeared in Highbury Magistrates Court charged with harassment without violence after bombarding Newman with over 100,000 tweets and kissing her after following her in to the ITN office.
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- "Prominent LMH alumni" Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University website
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- "Brown honour nomination 'normal'". BBC News.
- "Did Mandelson use the 'chump' word?". Channel 4 News. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Illegal immigrants worked for Home Office". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- 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
- "Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News". Broadcast Now. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Elgot, Jessica (27 February 2013). "Lord Rennard Allegations: Channel 4 Cathy Newman Calls Clegg Phone-In". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Lord Rennard row: Nick Clegg called to account by Cathy Newman". The Guardian. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- O'Carroll, Lisa. "Cathy Newman claims to have been propositioned at political conference". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Newman, Cathy (26 December 2013). "In DR Congo with Angelina Jolie". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Newman, Cathy (1 December 2012). "Angelina Jolie: why I can't stay silent on warzone rape". Channel 4. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Channel 4 Dispatches goes undercover to question the role of faith communities in our schools". Hardcash Productions. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Have I Got News For You Series 46 Episode 1 of 11". BBC. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Cathy Newman", contributor page, telegraph.co.uk
- "Cathy Newman", Economia contributor page
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- "Baileys women's prize for fiction shortlists debut alongside star names". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Channel 4's Cathy Newman 'Ushered Out' Of London Mosque During Open Day", Huffington Post, 1 February 2015
- 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.
- "Channel 4's Cathy Newman Apologises After CCTV Footage Emerges Of Mosque Incident", Huffington Post, 6 February 2015
- "Cathy Newman: how the agony of my abortion made me see both sides". Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Man who 'bombarded Channel 4 news presenter with 100,000 tweets and kissed her outside her office Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2602808/Pictured-man-bombarded-Channel-4-news-presenter-100-000-tweets-kissed-outside-office.html#ixzz3iv5fkgnX". External link in