Catherine Bennett (journalist)

Catherine Dorothea Bennett (born 1956[citation needed]) is a British journalist.

Catherine Bennett
Spouse(s)Robert Sackville-West (1985–92)

Early life and educationEdit

The elder daughter of Geoffrey Bennett, of Smelthouses, North Yorkshire,[1] Bennett was educated at Lawnswood High School, Leeds, and Hertford College, Oxford.


Bennett began her career in journalism at Honey magazine. Subsequently, she worked at The Sunday Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Times and the short-lived Sunday Correspondent newspaper before joining The Guardian around 1990.[2] She joined The Observer at the beginning of 2008, where she continues to write columns on politics and culture, and at least two articles criticizing the peerage system and what she considers the still-extant privileges of the nobility.[3][4]

Catherine Bennett was on the Orwell Prize's Journalism shortlist for 2009.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

From 1985 to 1992, Bennett was married to Robert Sackville-West, who inherited the title of Baron Sackville on the death of his uncle in 2004.[6] She then married the books editor of the Evening Standard, David Sexton.[7] She has also had a relationship with the broadcaster John Humphrys.[8]


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, ed. Charles Kidd, Debrett's Ltd, 2011, p. 1369
  2. ^ Stephen Brook, "Observer hires Guardian columnist", The Guardian, 30 November 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  3. ^ Aristocrats make bid for equality? That's a new one, retrieved 26 January 2015
  4. ^ Illiterate? Criminal record? Welcome to the House of Lords, retrieved 26 January 2015
  5. ^ Owen Amos, "Shortlists announced for Orwell Prize for political writing" Archived 2011-04-28 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 26 March 2009.
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, ed. Charles Kidd, Debrett's Ltd, 2011, p. 1369
  7. ^ "Married to the Job". The Independent. 19 September 2005. ProQuest 310825736.
  8. ^ Gordon, Bryony (22 September 2009). "John Humphrys: 'I've always felt like a bit of a fraud'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017.

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