Patrick Wintour

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Patrick Wintour
The Guardian's Patrick Wintour speaking at the launch of PX report 'Northern Lights'.jpg
Wintour speaking in 2012
Born (1954-11-01) 1 November 1954 (age 62)
Nationality British
Education Westminster School
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Children 4
Parent(s) Charles Wintour
Eleanor Trego Baker
Relatives Anna Wintour (sister)

Patrick Wintour (born 1 November 1954) is a British journalist and Diplomatic Editor of The Guardian newspaper.[1] He was Political Editor of "The Guardian" from 2006–2015 [2] and was formerly the newspaper's Chief Political Correspondent for two periods, from 1988–1996, and 2000–2006. In the intervening period he was Political Editor of The Observer newspaper.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Wintour was born on 1 November 1954, the son of former Evening Standard editor Charles Vere Wintour by his marriage to Eleanor "Nonie" Trego Baker (1917–1995), an American, the daughter of a Harvard law professor. His parents married in 1940 and divorced in 1979. His elder sister, Anna Wintour, is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American edition of Vogue magazine. His brother Jim arranged equestrian events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Wintour was educated at The Hall School in Hampstead, Westminster School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[3] At Westminster, he was a contemporary of Adam Mars-Jones and Chris Huhne.

Life and career[edit]

Known for his contacts inside the Labour Party, Wintour began his career in journalism on the New Statesman from 1976 to 1982, before joining The Guardian as chief Labour Correspondent in 1983. From 1988, he was the paper's Chief Political Correspondent, 1988–1996, and then Political Editor of The Observer, The Guardian's Sunday sister paper, until 2000. He returned to The Guardian as Chief Political Correspondent in 2000 before being appointed political editor in 2006,[3] on the retirement of Michael White. Wintour won the British Press Awards "Political Journalist of the Year" award in 2007.[4]

In October 2015, Wintour moved to a new role as The Guardian's Diplomatic Editor.[5] In December Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart were appointed to succeed him in a job-share arrangement. All three will take up their new roles at the beginning of 2016.[6]

Wintour's second wife is Rachel Sylvester, a journalist for The Times.[7] The couple have two children, while Wintour also has two older children from his former marriage to the journalist Madeleine Bunting.


  1. ^ Profile: Patrick Wintour. The Guardian May 2016.
  2. ^ My job: Patrick Wintour, political editor, The Guardian Archived 16 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Press Gazette, 28 May 2007.
  3. ^ a b c 'Wintour, Patrick (born 1 November 1954)' in Who's Who 2011 (London: A. & C. Black, 2011)
  4. ^ Press Gazette, Roll of Honour Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; retrieved 24 July 2011.
  5. ^ Turvill, William (21 October 2015). "Seumas Milne leaves Guardian for Labour as political editor Patrick Wintour moves to diplomatic role". Press Gazette. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Jasper (11 December 2015). "Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart to share role of Guardian political editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 

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