Tanya Gold

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Tanya Gold
Born (1973-12-31) 31 December 1973 (age 42)
Merton, Surrey, England
Occupation Journalist, author
Notable credit(s)

Daily Mail columnist
The Guardian columnist
The Independent columnist

The Spectator columnist

Tanya Gold (born 31 December 1973 in Merton, Surrey[1]) is an English journalist. She was educated at the independent Kingston Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford and has written for British newspapers including The Guardian, the Daily Mail,[2] The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times[3] and the Evening Standard, and also for the news magazine The Spectator. In 2009 she was highly commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category at the British Press Awards.[4] In 2010 she won Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards[5] and was also nominated for Columnist of the Year.[6]

She has written articles exploring her recovery from alcoholism,[7][8] and her undercover investigations into the television series Big Brother. She has also written a column about giving up smoking, "The Quitter".[9]

In October 2008, she wrote an article for The Guardian about her alma mater: "Oxford is hellish. It needs to be broken apart and stuffed with state school kids – for its own good."[10] She criticised Merton and Oxford University, for a culture she saw as privileged, stratified by socioeconomic status , and emotionally repressive. Tanya's old school, the private Kingston Grammar, was founded in 1591 and costs £20,000 per year to attend. She neglected to mention this in her article. In her article, she criticised the then Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Chris Patten, for attending a school that cost £3,820 a term. She neglected to mention something of public interest: that her own school cost twice as much per term.

Tanya also writes for the Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the Mail on Sunday.[11]


  1. ^ Tanya Gold (December 29, 2009). "Nightmare on New Year's Eve". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Stuck in a rut and looking for a lift...". The Daily Mail. 10 Feb 2009. Retrieved 7 Aug 2013. In the last three years, on assignments for the Daily Mail, she (Tanya Gold) has been strapped to the top of a flying plane, cage-dived with killer sharks, and had a part as the back of a cow in professional pantomime. 
  3. ^ "Speakeasy: Of course there's no sexism at the BBC, just Strictly Come Groping". Times Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "British Press Awards 2009: The full list of winners". Press Gazette. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "2010 British Press Awards Winners". Press Gazette. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "British Press Awards shortlist for 2010". Press Gazette. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Tanya Gold (7 July 2004). "'Group therapy: I still howl at the memory'". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Tanya Gold (29 January 2008). "As a recovering alcoholic". The Guardian. 
  9. ^ Tanya Gold (21 December 2004). "The quitter". The Guardian. 
  10. ^ Tanya Gold (October 2, 2008). "Oxford is hellish. It needs to be broken apart and stuffed with state-school kids – for its own good". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=opera&q=tanya+gold+british+journalist&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=tanya+gold+

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