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Catherine Elizabeth Newman (born 14 July 1974)[1][2] is an English journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News.

Cathy Newman
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Cathy Newman in 2012
Catherine Elizabeth Newman

(1974-07-14) 14 July 1974 (age 44)
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
OccupationJournalist, News presenter
Years active1997–present
Known forChannel 4 News
John O'Connell (m. 2001)

Newman began her career as a newspaper journalist, and had spells at Media Week, The Independent, the Financial Times and The Washington Post. She has worked on Channel 4 News since 2006, initially as a correspondent and, since 2011, as a presenter.


Early lifeEdit

Born in Guildford, Surrey, Newman is the younger daughter of David Newman and his wife Julia Worsdall, both chemistry teachers, and has one sister.[1][3][4] At the age of 16 she joined Charterhouse, where her father taught, as one of a few girls admitted to the school's sixth form. She has said that she stayed silent for years about the sexual harassment and other humiliation she experienced from fellow pupils.[5] She was on the path to a career as a violinist or in the legal profession before changing her plans as a result of seeing BBC journalist Kate Adie on television.[6] Newman read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford,[7] where she graduated with first-class honours.[6]


Early careerEdit

After university, Newman briefly worked on The Guardian' Books section, then at Media Week (as a trainee) and The Independent (as media business correspondent) before joining the Financial Times at the age of 23.[3][8] Her older colleague Alice Rawsthorn acted as a mentor at the FT,[9] where Newman worked as a media and then (for three years) political correspondent. While Newman was working at the FT, David Yelland, the editor of The Sun, offered her a slot called "Better than Lex" (named after Lex, a column in the Financial Times).[6] She seriously considered the offer, but later declined; the experience led to further opportunities in political journalism.[6] Newman began a television career in 2000. She gained a Laurence Stern fellowship to work at The Washington Post for four months.[8] During her period in the US, she followed the 2000 Presidential campaign of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.[6][10]

Channel 4 NewsEdit

She joined Channel 4 News in January 2006 as a political correspondent and deputy to political editor Gary Gibbon.[11] In this role she broke several stories, including claims the Treasury pushed through the nomination of then Chancellor Gordon Brown's close friend Ronald Cohen for the House of Lords,[12] challenging Peter Mandelson at the Brighton Labour Party conference in 2009, over his claimed use of the "c" word in a conversation with Rebekah Brooks (née Wade), the CEO of News International).[13]

Alongside this, she has also headed the team behind the FactCheck blog.

From 2013 to 2015, Newman's pursuit of a story about the allegations of improper conduct levelled at Lord Rennard, once a leading figure in the Liberal Democrats, included her participation in an LBC local London radio phone-in on 27 February 2013 to quiz deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the issue.[14][15] Newman has commented that sexism was endemic at Westminster during her period as a lobby correspondent there, but has also said that the newspaper industry is even worse.[16] She told Natasha Lunn in an interview for Red magazine in 2016: "As a woman in the media I feel a duty to make sure we report those issues. I’ve always wanted to right injustices; I suppose what’s changed is I’ve now got a keener sense of how journalists can hold power to account".[17] The victim of online sexism for her work, Newman gave her support for "public shaming" of trolls in 2013: "the best way to tackle these people is to publicly humiliate them".[18]

A regular commentator on politics in other media outlets, Newman has appeared as a guest panelist on Have I Got News for You[19] and blogs for The Daily Telegraph[20] and Economia magazine.[21]

Newman was long-listed for the Orwell Prize (Journalism) in 2010[22] and again in 2011 for the blog prize.[23] She was announced as one of the judges for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015.[24] Her book, Bloody Brilliant Women, concerning significant, but unheralded, 20th-century women, is due for publication in autumn 2018.[25]

In February 2015, Newman tweeted that she was "ushered onto the street" for being female when she went to South London Islamic Centre for a 'Visit My Mosque' programme.[26] The mosque started receiving violent threats from the public as the story spread.[27] A spokesperson for the Hyderi Islamic Centre had said Newman had simply visited the wrong address,[28] and CCTV footage showed Newman had left the building on her own accord.[29] Newman and Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear later apologised, acknowledging that Newman had mistakenly visited the wrong building.[30][27]

In January 2018, Newman interviewed the Canadian psychologist and professor of psychology Jordan Peterson, who is known for his criticism of political correctness.[31] The combative interview covered topics such as gender equality, including the gender pay gap, freedom of speech, and transgender rights.[32][33] The interview became a viral phenomenon on YouTube, where many commenters were critical of Newman, several of them saying she had a preconceived and misplaced grasp of Peterson's views.[34][35] The New York Times columnist David Brooks said that Newman had "distorted, simplified and restated Peterson's views to make them appear offensive and cartoonish".[36] Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear said that the station had called in security specialists in response to social-media abuse and threats directed against her.[31][33][37] She later told The Guardian that the abuse had included death threats.[3] Peterson asked his Twitter followers not to threaten her and to be civilised in their criticism.[32][35][38]

Personal lifeEdit

Newman married writer John O'Connell, whom she met at university, in 2001. The couple have two daughters and live in London.[39] Newman has written about having a miscarriage, and about deciding to abort another child, after discovering 13 weeks into her pregnancy that the baby had a very rare condition which meant there was a high chance that it would die.[40]


  1. ^ a b "Newman, Cathy". WHO'S WHO and WHO WAS WHO. A&C Black. 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-249479.
  2. ^ Lisa Campbell "Cathy Newman, C4 News", Broadcast, 20 October 2011. Newman's date of birth is given as "Bastille Day 1974".
  3. ^ a b c Iqbal, Nosheen (19 March 2018). "Cathy Newman: 'The internet is being written by men with an agenda'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ Quinn, Ben (2 September 2018). "Cathy Newman says she was sexually harassed at elite school". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Burrell, Ian (18 May 2014). "Channel 4 newsreader Cathy Newman doesn't just read the news – she makes it". The Independent.
  7. ^ "Prominent LMH alumni" Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University website
  8. ^ a b "Cathy Newman – News and Current Affairs". Knight Ayton Management. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ Sophie Morris "My Mentor: Cathy Newman On Alice Rawsthorn", The Independent, 28 August 2006
  10. ^ "Nader Picks a Milder Shade of Green". Common Dreams (reproduced from Washington Post). Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Cathy Newman – Presenter", Channel 4 News website
  12. ^ "Brown honour nomination 'normal'". BBC News.
  13. ^ "Did Mandelson use the 'chump' word?". Channel 4 News. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  14. ^ Elgot, Jessica (27 February 2013). "Lord Rennard Allegations: Channel 4 Cathy Newman Calls Clegg Phone-In". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  15. ^ Newman, Cathy (27 February 2013). "Lord Rennard row: Nick Clegg called to account by Cathy Newman". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  16. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa. "Cathy Newman claims to have been propositioned at political conference". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  17. ^ Lunn, Natasha (30 November 2016). "An Interview With News Presenter Cathy Newman". Red. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  18. ^ Mesure, Susie (19 July 2013). "Channel 4 newsreader Cathy Newman says public humiliation is the answer for sexist remarks". The Independent. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Have I Got News For You Series 46 Episode 1 of 11". BBC. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Cathy Newman", contributor page,
  21. ^ "Cathy Newman", Economia contributor page
  22. ^ "Cathy Newman – Political correspondent", The Orwell Prize, Journalism Prize, 2010
  23. ^ "Cathy Newman – The FactCheck Blog – Channel 4 News", The Orwell Prize, Blog Prize, 2011
  24. ^ "Baileys women's prize for fiction shortlists debut alongside star names". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  25. ^ Saul, Hreather (8 March 2018). "17 bloody brilliant women (and two men) share their proudest moments for International Women's Day". i. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Channel 4's Cathy Newman 'Ushered Out' Of London Mosque During Open Day", Huffington Post, 1 February 2015
  27. ^ a b "Channel 4's Cathy Newman apologises for 'misunderstanding' over mosque". The Guardian. 6 February 2015.
  28. ^ Johnston, Ian (2 February 2015). "'Mix-up, not sexism' as Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman is turned away from a mosque on 'Visit My Mosque Day'". The Independent. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  29. ^ "Channel 4's Cathy Newman Apologises After CCTV Footage Emerges Of Mosque Incident". The Huffington Post (UK). 6 February 2015.
  30. ^ "Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman sorry over mosque claims". BBC. 12 February 2015.
  31. ^ a b Harley, Nicola (2018). "Channel 4 News calls in security experts after trolls make 'vicious' threats to presenter Cathy Newman". The Telegraph.
  32. ^ a b Khan, Shehab; Sharman, Jon; Pasha-Robinson, Lucy (20 January 2018). "Cathy Newman: Channel 4 calls in security experts following 'vicious abuse' over Jordan Peterson interview". The Independent.
  33. ^ a b Likhodi, Lidia (29 January 2018). "British journalist subject to online threats following interview with Jordan Peterson". The Varsity. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  34. ^ Doward, Jamie (21 January 2018). "'Back off', controversial professor urges critics of C4 interviewer". The Observer. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  35. ^ a b "Security for British TV personality bolstered after interview with Jordan Peterson". Toronto Star. Canadian Press. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  36. ^ Brooks, David. "The Jordan Peterson Moment". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  37. ^ Ruddick, Graham (19 January 2018). "Channel 4 calls in security experts after Cathy Newman suffers online abuse". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  38. ^ Gillespie, James (21 January 2018). "Channel 4's Cathy Newman trolled over gender pay gap". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  39. ^ Urwin, Urwin (21 July 2017). "Cathy Newman is on a mission to stamp out FGM". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  40. ^ Newman, Cathy (2 October 2012). "Cathy Newman: how the agony of my abortion made me see both sides". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2015.

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