Peter Kellner

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Peter Kellner
Peter Kellner, September 2009.jpg
Peter Kellner, September 2009
Born Peter Jon Kellner
(1946-10-02) 2 October 1946 (age 70)
Lewes, Sussex, England
Nationality British
Education King's College, Cambridge
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Baroness Ashton
Children 5

Peter Jon Kellner (born 2 October 1946) is an English journalist, former BBC Newsnight reporter, political commentator, and former president of the YouGov opinion polling organisation in the United Kingdom. He is known for his appearances on TV, especially at election times.

Early life[edit]

Kellner was born in Lewes, Sussex. His father, Michael Kellner, was an Austrian Jew, born in 1920, who emigrated to Palestine in 1938, after Kristallnacht, and later moved to Britain.[1]

He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Cricklewood (and later Elstree), Minchenden Grammar School, Southgate, North London, and the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and has an MA in Economics and Statistics from King's College, Cambridge.


Formerly the political analyst of the BBC Newsnight current affairs programme, Kellner was engaged by YouGov's founders, Stephan Shakespeare and Nadhim Zahawi, in December 2001. When YouGov floated for £18 million in April 2005, Kellner owned 6% of the company.[1] He has been President of YouGov since 2007, and was its Chairman from 2001–2007.[2]

From 1969 to 2003 he was a newspaper journalist with The Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Independent, The Observer and the Evening Standard.[2]

He has also been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and the Institute for Policy Studies, London and has advised several large corporations.[3] He is the chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Kellner is a trustee of Action on Smoking and Health UK.

In 2011, he received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association in recognition of his achievements in "bringing polling and intelligent use of numbers and figures to election coverage".

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, a Labour Party politician and the first and former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. They have two children.[2] Kellner has three other children from a previous marriage dissolved in 1988.[2]



  1. ^ Interview: Peter Kellner, YouGov (Evening Standard), David Rowan, 20 April 2005
  2. ^ a b c d Kellner, Peter Jon. Who's Who (2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 May 2014.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ Peter Kellner's Column, YouGov

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