Daniel Johnson (journalist)

Daniel Benedict Johnson (born 26 August 1957) is a British journalist who was the founding editor of Standpoint magazine.[1][2]


Daniel Johnson is the son of the author Paul Johnson and brother of Cosmo Johnson, Sophie Johnson-Clark and entrepreneur Luke Johnson.[3]

After attending Langley Grammar School he graduated with a First in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford. Johnson was awarded a Shakespeare Scholarship to Berlin. Returning to English academia as a fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, he served as Director of Publications for the Centre for Policy Studies.

Johnson made his name as a journalist covering the fall of the Berlin Wall as German correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He has been a leader writer for both The Times and the Telegraph,[4] as well as literary editor and associate editor for The Times.

In 2008 he launched Standpoint magazine as founding editor. He stood down in December 2018.[5] He was also a contributing editor to The New York Sun and a contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, Prospect, Commentary, and The New Criterion,[6] as well as The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.

In 2018, Johnson became the founding editor of a new political opinion website, TheArticle.[7]

He is Catholic, and is married with four children. He has asserted that Islam is not a peaceful religion.[8]


  • 1989 German Neo-Liberals and the Social Market Economy
  • 1991 Thomas Mann: Death in Venice and other stories
  • 2007 White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War was Fought on the Chessboard


  1. ^ "About Us". Standpoint. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Will Standpoint fall at the first hurdle?". The Independent. London. 29 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Arguing the World: Standpoint, A New British Periodical". The New York Sun. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Daniel Johnson profile". London: guardian.co.uk. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  5. ^ "After more than ten years, founder of Standpoint magazine Daniel Johnson stands down as Editor" Archived 14 January 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Standpoint website, accessed 13 January 2019
  6. ^ "Daniel Johnson". The New Criterion. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  7. ^ https://www.thearticle.com/
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MDlZk89oaQ