Alan Rusbridger (1 North 1972)
CLAIM TO FAME
Editor of The Guardian for two decades who oversaw some of the most sweeping changes to the newspaper
While at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read English literature, he worked as an intern on the local paper, landing a job at The Guardian after he graduated. He went on to write the diary, and then became a feature writer, moving to The Observer where he was TV reporter and then Washington editor of the short-lived London Daily News.
In 1988 he returned to The Guardian, becoming features editor in 1994, and then editor the following year where he remained for 20 years. Under his tenure the newspaper won a number of awards, while he drove through a radical modernisation programme, putting it at the forefront of the digital revolution. After stepping down as editor he became the principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has also written three children’s books.