Donald Trelford

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Donald Trelford
Born9 November 1937 (1937-11-09)
London, England
EducationBablake School
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge
TitleEditor of The Observer
Term1975 to 1993

Donald Trelford (born 9 November 1937) is a British journalist and academic, who was editor of The Observer newspaper from 1975 to 1993. He was also a director of The Observer from 1975 to 1993 and chief executive from 1992 to 1993.[1]

Early life[edit]

Trelford was educated at Bablake School, Coventry, and Selwyn College, Cambridge.[2]


In 1994, he was appointed professor of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield,[3] and became a visiting professor in 2004 and emeritus professor in 2007.

Trelford was a member of the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority until 2008[4] and chairman of the London Press Club. He was also a member of the Newspaper Panel of the Competition Commission from 2001 to 2007.

He is a regular broadcaster and has published books on snooker and cricket and co-authored (with Daniel King) a book on the 1993 Times World Chess Championship in London between Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov.[5]

Trelford was interviewed by National Life Stories (C467/12) in 2007 for the 'Oral History of the British Press' collection held by the British Library.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He was educated at Bablake School, Coventry[7] and was school captain from 1955 to 1956. He completed his degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Trelford has had three marriages. He has three children from his first marriage (the first, Sally, was born in 1965), a fourth from his second marriage and a fifth with his third wife Claire,[8] (a former TV presenter whom he married in 2001) in 2011 at the age of 73 Trelford became a father. Trelford lives in England and Majorca.[9]

Media offices
Preceded by
Michael Davie
Deputy Editor of The Observer
1969 - 1975
Succeeded by
John Cole
Preceded by
David Astor
Editor of The Observer
1975 - 1993
Succeeded by
Jonathan Fenby


  1. ^ "'I'm Britain's oldest new father', boasts former Observer editor". Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Inside story: Introducing the Press Gang". Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Donald Trelford on journalism's state of health". University of Sheffield. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  4. ^ "New ASA Council members appointed". ASA. 1 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  5. ^ King, Daniel; Trelford, Donald (1993). World chess championship : Kasparov v Short. London: Cadogan Chess. ISBN 1857440668.
  6. ^ National Life Stories, 'Trelford, Dennis (1 of 4) National Life Stories Collection: 'Oral History of the British Press', The British Library Board, 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "s Coventry man Donald Trelford Britain's oldest new dad?". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. ^ "I expected to be dead at 73, not doing 3am feeds with my baby". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Why we're all set to stay put in Spain". The Daily Telegraph.