Wyn Harness

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Wyn Harness
Born 1 February 1960
Boston, Lincolnshire
Died 3 October 2007 (aged 47)
Years active 1978–2006
Spouse(s) Sue Royal

Wyn Harness (1960–2007)[1] was a journalist at The Independent from the newspaper's creation in 1986.[2]


Harness was born in 1960 in Boston, where he attended Boston Grammar School.[2] He was the youngest child of Ray and Freda Harness.

Wyn married Sue Royal in 1998; with whom he had two children.[3]

He died aged 47 of a brain tumour.[4]


At the age of 18 he began his career as a journalist, working at the Lincolnshire Standard from 1978.[1] From there he joined The Brighton Argus in 1982, where he stayed until 1986.[3] Harness joined The Independent before it was launched, and was the first layout sub-editor. During his time at The Independent he took several sub-editorial roles until he became the chief sub-editor.[4] He later became the assistant editor of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday,[2] where he remained until he left the paper due to ill health in 2006.[5]

The Wyn Harness prize[edit]

The annual Wyn Harness prize for young journalists was created by The Independent in his memory.[6]


  1. ^ a b Louis Jebb (24 October 2007). "Wyn Harness". Press Gazette. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Louis Jebb (6 October 2007). "Wyn Harness - Obituaries". The Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Richard Gurner (9 October 2007). "Top journalist dies aged 47". The Brighton Argus. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Martin Farrer (1 November 2007). "Obituary: Wyn Harness". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mullin to run London Marathon". 11 April 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists". The Independent. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011.