Gary Younge

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Gary Younge
Gary Younge in c. 2008
Born 1969 (age 46–47)
  • Columnist
  • Author
  • Broadcaster
Notable works
  1. No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South
  2. The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Dream
Spouse Tara Mack
Children Osceola
@garyyounge on Twitter

Gary Younge (born 1969) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. He is a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian newspaper and writes a monthly column for The Nation, "Beneath the Radar".


Gary Younge was born in Hertfordshire to Barbadian parents and grew up in Stevenage.[1] At the age of 17 he went to teach English in a United Nations Eritrean refugee school in Sudan with the educational charity Project Trust.[2] In 1984, aged 15, he briefly joined the Young Socialists, the youth section of the Workers Revolutionary Party, but left a year later after harassment from other party members, including allegedly being accused of working for MI5 and claims that he supported Fidel Castro only because of his ethnicity.[3] In the late 1980s he attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he studied French and Russian,[4] and was elected Vice President (Welfare) of the Student Association, a paid sabbatical post he held for a year.[5]

In his final year of at university he was awarded a bursary from The Guardian to study journalism at City University, and after a short internship at Yorkshire Television he joined The Guardian in 1993, and has since reported from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean.[2]

His book No Place Like Home, in which he retraced the route of the civil rights Freedom Riders, was published in 1999 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

In 2011, he moved to Chicago, where he lived with his wife Tara Mack, his son Osceola and daughter Zora until returning to Britain in 2015.[6] He intends to move to Hackney.[7] His brother Pat Younge is chief creative officer of BBC Vision.[8]

Awards and honours[edit]


  • Younge, Gary (2002). No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781578064885. OCLC 49226176. 
  • Younge, Gary (2006). Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States. New York: New Press. ISBN 9781595580689. OCLC 62421357. 
  • Younge, Gary (2011). Who Are We-- And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 9781568586601. OCLC 663952482. 
  • Younge, Gary (2013). The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream. Chicago: Haymarket Books. ISBN 9781608463220. OCLC 829740195. 
  • Younge, Gary (2016). Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 9781568589756. OCLC 945232454. 


  1. ^ Younge, Gary (June 16, 2007). "Made in Stevenage". The Guardian. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "About", Gary Younge website.
  3. ^ Younge, Gary (19 February 2000). "Memoirs of a teenage Trot". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gary Younge - Who Are We and Should it Matter in the 21st Century?". The List. 
  5. ^ "Special report: has university really changed?". The Guardian. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "About". 
  7. ^ Gary Younge. "Farewell to America - Gary Younge". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Media Guardian 100 2010: 98. Pat Younge, The Guardian, 12 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Honorary Graduates" (PDF). Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Honorary Awards Ceremony", London South Bank University.
  11. ^ "Gary Younge wins prestigious James Cameron award", The Guardian, 7 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Guardian's Gary Younge wins prestigious James Cameron prize", The Guardian, 8 October 2009.
  13. ^ Jessie Sampson, "Winners of The Comment Awards 2015 announced", Newsworks, 24 November 2015.
  14. ^ "David Nyhan Prize", Harvard Kennedy School.
  15. ^ "About the Sandford Awards", Sandford St Martin Trust.

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