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 67)
EducationThe Hall School, Hampstead
Westminster School
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Spouse(s)Madeleine Bunting (div.)
(m. 2002)
Parent(s)Charles Wintour
Eleanor Trego Baker
RelativesAnna Wintour (sister)

Patrick Wintour (born 1 November 1954) is a British journalist and the diplomatic editor of The Guardian.[1] He was the political editor of The Guardian from 2006 to 2015 and was formerly the newspaper's chief political correspondent for two periods, from 1988 to 1996, and 2000 to 2006.[2] In the intervening period he was the political editor of The Observer.[3]

Early life[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.[3] His parents married in 1940 and divorced in 1979. His elder sister, Dame Anna Wintour, is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American edition of Vogue magazine.[3] His brother Jim arranged equestrian events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] Wintour is the grandson of Major-General Fitzgerald Wintour.

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.[3]


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 took up their new roles at the beginning of 2016.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Wintour's second wife is Rachel Sylvester, a journalist for The Times.[7] The couple have two children.

Wintour was formerly married to the journalist Madeleine Bunting,[8] with whom he also has two children.


  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 d e f g '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. ^ "Top 100 political journalists 2011 | Total Politics". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  8. ^ Oppenheimer, Jerry (2005). "Front Row: Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief". New York City: St Martin's Press. p. 346. ISBN 9781429907637.

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