Nicholas Wapshott

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Nicholas Wapshott
Born (1952-01-13) 13 January 1952 (age 65)
Dursley, Gloucestershire
Education B.A. in Politics
Alma mater University of York
Occupation Journalist, Author, Broadcaster
Agent Raphael Sagalyn
Spouse(s) Louise Nicholson
Children William, Oliver

Nicholas Wapshott (born 13 January 1952) is a British journalist and writer. He is a Reuters contributing columnist and an online content consultant to a number of media and private clients. He was the editor of The Times Saturday edition as well as the founding editor of The Times Magazine.[1] He has written a number of biographies including those of Margaret Thatcher and Carol Reed. His book The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II was published by W. W. Norton & Company in November 2014.

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Wapshott was born in Dursley, Gloucestershire, the second of four sons of Raymond and (Olivia) Beryl Wapshott. After attending Dursley County Primary School he won a Gloucester Foundation scholarship to Rendcomb College, Cirencester. He graduated in politics from the University of York in 1973. He is married to the author and academic Louise Nicholson (1954– ), an expert on the culture of India. He has two sons, William (1988– ) and Oliver (1990– ).


After joining the Scotsman as a graduate trainee in 1973, based in Edinburgh, in 1976 Wapshott moved to London to join the staff of The Times, working first in editor William Rees-Mogg's department as a letters page editor, then became a features editor during which time he wrote a series of long form profiles of politicians and artistic figures, among them the Labour leader Michael Foot, the heir apparent to the Labour leadership, Peter Shore, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown, playwrights Alan Bennett and Dennis Potter, and actors Dirk Bogarde and Alec Guinness.[2][3] When Kenneth Thomson sold the paper to Rupert Murdoch, who installed Harold Evans as editor, Wapshott set up a weekly listings section, Preview.

In 1983 he moved to The Observer as features editor and founded a new weekly color magazine, Section 5. In 1987 he succeeded Robert Harris as political editor and reported the final days of Margaret Thatcher as Conservative leader. He was the first to report on the early life of John Major, the surprise successor to Thatcher, and correctly predicted his unlikely rise with a timely profile that revealed that the family of the new prime minister had shared a landing with prostitutes, that his father had been a tight rope walker and latterly a maker of concrete garden gnomes, and that, during an extended period of unemployment, he had been beaten to a job as a bus conductor by a West Indian woman.[4]

In 1992, Wapshott returned to The Times to transform the lacklustre Saturday Review section into The Times Magazine, published each Saturday. On the strength of its success and a sharp improvement in Saturday sales he was made Saturday editor of the paper and added a number of separate sections that rivalled the heavyweight Sunday newspapers. As other papers were quick to follow suit, Wapshott is credited with transforming the Saturday newspaper market.

In 2001, he was appointed North America Correspondent of The Times, based in New York.[5] He arrived three weeks before the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, but had returned briefly to London and was aboard the QE2 en route to New York when the Twin Towers fell. In 2005 he began writing business features and news stories for The Sunday Telegraph and the following year joined The New York Sun as national and foreign editor, writing a well regarded weekly political column.[6]

Current work[edit]

He is a regular guest on CNN,[7] MSNBC,[8] Fox News,[9] ABC[10] and the Charlie Rose Show[11] and contributed on American matters to The New Statesman.[12][13] In 2008, he was invited by Tina Brown to help launch The Daily Beast and was appointed Senior Editor.[14] In 2009 he became an adjunct professor at The New School, New York, teaching short biographies and profiles. The same year he became a consultant to Oprah Winfrey's website He now writes a column for Thomson Reuters.[15]


  1. ^ "Home - Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau". Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Wapshott, Nicholas "Interview with Liberal leader Paddy Ashdown", The Observer, 8 September 1991. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  3. ^ Wapshott, Nicholas "Alan Bennett: Quite Often Managing to Make Himself Wince", The Times, 28 November 1978. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  4. ^ Wapshott, Nicholas "John Major: Who I am and whence I came", The Observer, 2 December 1990. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Nicholas Wapshott - Archive - The New York Sun". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help) Archived 20 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "'Prime the Pump' or 'Roll With the Punches'?". Fox News. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Arianna Huffington, Joe Klein on debt, U.S. politics and more". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Charlie Rose -". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Indestructible Journos". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nicholas Wapshott". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Q and A with Tina Brown". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Great Debate". Reuters. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 


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