Industry toast for world's oldest columnist at 101

Journalists and editors honoured the oldest newspaper columnist in the world, Rose Hacker, on the day it was announced that at 101 she had been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records.

Hacker, who was the toast of this year’s Regional Press Awards, writes on a wide range of subjects, from homelessness and mental illness to the threat of world war and nuclear proliferation.

A member of CND, Hacker joined the free Camden New Journal in September last year after editor Eric Gordon saw her speaking in Tavistock Square at a commemoration of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

She said: ‘The meeting was totally ignored by most of the media except the CNJ and I was so angry. I did a five-minute speech and Eric said that I should write for the paper.

‘I couldn’t refuse because I have so much to say. I’d like to continue to write for the CNJ, but all appointments I make have an ‘ISA provision’ – if still alive.’Since she began her column Hacker has featured in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph and on Woman’s Hour.

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