Ian Brodie (journalist)

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Ian Ellery Brodie, OBE (23 March 1936 – 8 May 2008) was a British journalist, foreign correspondent and author. From 1986 to 2001 he worked in the Washington bureaux of The Daily Telegraph and then The Times.


Brodie was born in Bath, but raised in Luton. After leaving school at 16, Brodie joined the Luton News. Following national service he worked for the Daily Sketch and then the Daily Express. Promoted to deputy foreign editor, he was moved through positions in Moscow, Southeast Asia and the United States. After returning to England as foreign editor of the Daily Express, he became the last editor of the Scottish Daily Express until it closed in 1974.

In 1975 Brodie moved to Los Angeles and reported for The Daily Telegraph. A resident of Topanga, Brodie invested in local paper The Topanga Messenger[1] and remained as its publisher until his death.

In 1986 Brodie became bureau chief in Washington for The Daily Telegraph, moving on to The Times Washington bureau in 1993. During this time he co-authored the book Learning to Sail.[2]

In 1994 Brodie was awarded an OBE for services to journalism.[3]

Brodie retired in 2001 after suffering a stroke.


  1. ^ "The Topanga Messenger". Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Di; Brodie, Ian (1994). Learning to Sail. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-024014-0. 
  3. ^ "Order of the British Empire – Diplomatic Service and Overseas List" (– Scholar search). Supplement to the London Gazette (53696): B26. 11 June 1994. Retrieved 7 June 2008. [dead link][dead link]