In 1986 he founded Conde Nast Traveler. He has written various books on history and journalism, with his The American Century (1998) receiving particular acclaim. In 2000, he retired from leadership positions in journalism to spend more time on his writing. Evans served as editor-at-large of The Week magazine and was a contributor to The Guardian and BBC Radio 4.
On 13 June 2011 Sir Harold Evans was appointed editor-at-large of the Reuters news agency.
In 2000 he was named one of International Press Institute’s 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past fifty years. In 2004, he was knighted by the British Crown for services to journalism.