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.


In the late 1980s Younge attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where he studied languages[1] and was elected Vice President (Welfare) of the Student Association, a paid sabbatical post he held for a year.[2] In 1984 and at age 15, Younge briefly joined the Young Socialists, the youth section of the Workers Revolutionary Party, but he left a year later after harassment from other party members, including allegedly being accused of working for MI5 and claims that Younge supported Fidel Castro only because of his ethnicity.[3]

In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Degree by Heriot-Watt University.[4]

Younge is a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian. He writes a monthly column for The Nation, "Beneath the Radar". His book No Place Like Home, in which he retraced the route of the civil rights Freedom Riders, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 1999.

Younge also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2007.[5]

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


  1. ^ "Gary Younge - Who Are We and Should it Matter in the 21st Century?". The List. 
  2. ^ "Special report: has university really changed?". The Guardian. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Younge, Gary (19 February 2000). "Memoirs of a teenage Trot". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Annual Review 2007 : Principal's Review". 
  5. ^ "Annual Review 2007 : Principal's Review". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  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.


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