Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist for The Guardian, based in London. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books, including Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives and The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream.
Born in Hertfordshire to Barbadian parents, he grew up in Stevenage and attended Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he studied French and Russian. He started working at The Guardian in 1993 and, after several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean he was appointed The Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003 and returned to London in 2015 when he became editor-at-large.
He has enjoyed several prizes for his journalism. In 2018 he won (Broadsheet) Feature Writer of the year at the Society of Editors Press Awards and Feature of the Year from the Amnesty Media Awards. In 2017 he received the James Aaronson Career Achievement Award from Hunter College, City University of New York. In 2016 he won the Sanford St. Martin Trust Radio Award Winner for excellence in religious reporting. In 2015 he was awarded David Nyhan Prize for political journalism from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. “It’s the powerless on whose behalf he writes,” said the Center’s director. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for the “combined moral vision and professional integrity” of his coverage of the Obama campaign. From 2001 to 2003 he won Best Newspaper Journalist in Britain’s Ethnic Minority Media Awards three years in a row.
His books have also received considerable acclaim. In 2017 Another Day in the Death of America won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Columbia Journalism School and Nieman Foundation. In the US the book was shortlisted for the Helen Berenstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism from New York Public Library and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non Fiction from the American Library Association. In Britain it was shortlisted for The Jhalak prize, The Orwell Prize, The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction and The Bread and Roses Award. He has received several honorary degrees from universities in England, Scotland and Wales.