Former Times editor joins the Guardian

By Dominic Ponsford
 
Times columnist and former editor Simon Jenkins
is leaving News International after 19 years to join the Guardian.
Jenkins, 61, began his career at Country Life magazine in 1965 and was
news editor of the Times Educational Supplement from 1966 to 1968. He
then moved to the Evening Standard where he gained a reputation as a
leader writer, especially when it came to writing about the threat to
London’s historic architecture.
He was Insight editor of The Sunday Times from 1974-75 before
returning to the Evening Standard as deputy editor and then editor.
He was political editor of the Economist from 1978 to 1986, a columnist
on the Sunday Times from 1986 to 1990 and from 1990 to 1992 editor of
The Times. Since then he has remained as a regular columnist for the
paper.
Jenkins, who received a knighthood in the 2004 New Year Honours
for services to journalism, will join the Guardian in the summer to
write a twice-weekly column after taking a break to write a book.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said: “Simon is one of the
outstanding journalists of his generation, and joins the Guardian at
the peak of his craft.”
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