Alumni – Sir Harold Evans
Sir Harold Evans, a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981.
Evans, whilst in the RAF at the end of WW2, was inspired by other airmen to study economics by correspondence course with Wolsey Hall Oxford. In his autobiographical book My Paper Chase – True Stories of Vanished Times, he details how he was required to answer questions such as ‘Why is a pound of diamonds valued more than a pound of bread?’ He wrote his answers in the RAF station library before sending his scripts to Wolsey Hall Oxford and anxiously waited for the marked papers back.
He mentions his association with the college in his autobiographical book ‘My Paper Chase – True Stories of Vanished Times’.
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. Since 2001, Evans has served as editor-at-large of The Week magazine and, since 2005, he has been 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.