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Kira Cochrane

Kira Cochrane (born 1977[1]) is a British journalist and Opinion Editor at The Guardian.[2]

Kira Cochrane
Born Kira Cochrane
1977 (age 39–40)
Loughton, Essex, UK
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, writer

She was born and raised in Loughton, Essex.[3] Her elder brother was killed aged 8 in a traffic accident in 1983, and Cochrane's father had died of a heart attack, with the result that Cochrane and her younger brother were raised in a single parent household.[4] She attended Christ's Hospital school, Horsham[5] before reading American Literature at the University of Sussex and the University of California, Davis.[1][6]

Formerly a journalist on The Sunday Times, she is a feature writer on The Guardian and was the newspaper's women's editor from 2006[7] to November 2010, when she was succeeded by Jane Martinson.[8] Cochrane subsequently worked as a features writer on the newspaper. Cochrane wrote a column for the New Statesman magazine from around 2006 to July 2008.[9]

Kira Cochrane has published two novels, The Naked Season[10] and Escape Routes for Beginners,[11] which appeared on the long list for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.[12] In 2009, Cochrane was herself on the judging panel for that year's Orange Prize for Fiction.[13] She co-edited (with Eleanor Mills) Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women,[14][15] published in the United States as Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists[16][17] and has edited an anthology of women's writing which has appeared in The Guardian, Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Kira Cochrane". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kira Cochrane". The Guardian. 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Mslexia - Issue 43 Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  4. ^ Cochrane, Kira (26 February 2011). "Darin Strauss: Two cars, two deaths". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Cochrane, Kira (14 May 2012). "Letter: 'Michael Butler gave me a glimpse of a different kind of politics, based on care and commitment'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kira Cochrane". Facebook. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Cochrane, Kira (18 July 2007). "Still so much to do: Kira Cochrane 2006 - present". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. Series: 50 years of the womens' pages 
  8. ^ Martinson, Jane. "Speaker Profile: Jane Martinson, Journalist". Speakers for Schools. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Cochrane, Kira (3 July 2008). "And it's goodbye to all that.." New Statesman. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2005). The naked season. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780743492485. 
  11. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2005). Escape routes for beginners. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780743478427. 
  12. ^ "Orange Prize for Fiction 2005". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Sponsorship & Entertainment (21 April 2009). "Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2009 shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction newsroom. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Silvester, Christopher (2 October 2005). Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs edited by Eleanor Mills and Kira Cochrane. The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 16 February 2017.  (subscription required)
  15. ^ Mills, Eleanor; Cochrane, Kira, eds. (2005). Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs 100 years of the best journalism by women. New York: Constable & Robinson. ISBN 978-1845291655. 
  16. ^ Cochrane, Kira; Mills, Eleanor (2005). Journalistas : 100 years of the best writing and reporting by women journalists. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 9780786716678. 
  17. ^ Jill Abramson "The Lionesses", New York Times, 8 January 2006
  18. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2012). Women of the revolution : forty years of feminism. London: Guardian Books. ISBN 978-0852652275.