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Name  Gary Younge
Role  Journalist

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Education  Heriot-Watt University, City University London
Books  No place like home, Stranger in a strange land, Who Are We ‑‑ And Should It, The Speech: The Story, Untitled on Identity

Nominations  Guardian First Book Award

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Gary Younge, FAcSS (born 1969) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. He is a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian newspaper and writes a monthly column for The Nation, "Beneath the Radar".


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Younge grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. At the age of 17 he went to teach English in a United Nations Eritrean refugee school in Sudan with the educational charity Project Trust. In 1984, aged 15, he briefly joined the Young Socialists, the youth section of the Workers Revolutionary Party, but left a year later after harassment from other party members, including allegedly being accused of working for MI5 and claims that he supported Fidel Castro only because of his ethnicity. In the late 1980s he attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he studied French and Russian, and was elected Vice President (Welfare) of the Student Association, a paid sabbatical post he held for a year.

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In his final year of at university he was awarded a bursary from The Guardian to study journalism at City University, and after a short internship at Yorkshire Television he joined The Guardian in 1993, and has since reported from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean.

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His book No Place Like Home, in which he retraced the route of the civil rights Freedom Riders, was published in 1999 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

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In 2011, he relocated to Chicago, where he lived with his wife Tara Mack, his son Osceola and daughter Zora until returning to Britain in 2015. He intends to move to Hackney. His brother Pat Younge is chief creative officer of BBC Vision.

Awards and honours

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  • 2017: Honorary Doctorate from Cardiff University
  • 2007: Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University.
  • 2007: Honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.
  • 2009: James Cameron award for the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his coverage of the Barack Obama election campaign.
  • 2015: Foreign Commentator of the Year by The Comment Awards.
  • 2015: David Nyhan Prize for political journalism from Harvard University's Shorenstein Center.
  • 2016: Sandford Award, "for radio, TV and online programmes that reflect religious, spiritual or ethical themes".
  • 2016: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

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