Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian
Tully Free Speech Award winner
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, will be honored with the annual Tully Free Speech Award on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Syracuse University. Follow on Twitter at #TullyAward. The award, presented by the Tully Center for Free Speech in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, honors journalists who have persevered in the face of threats and other obstacles to free speech. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.
As editor of the Guardian from 1995 to 2015, Rusbridger made the decision to publish the Edward Snowden leak stories. In addition to being editor of the Guardian, Rusbridger was also editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media (GNM), a member of the GNM and Guardian Media Group (GMG) boards and a member of The Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian and the Observer.
Rusbridger’s career began at the Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before joining the Guardian in 1979. He worked as a general reporter, feature writer and diary columnist.
As editor, Rusbridger oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations, helping to build a website which today attracts visits from more than 100 million unique browsers a month. Now the world’s second largest serious newspaper website, it has regularly been voted the best newspaper website in the world.
During his editorship the paper fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, Trafigura, freedom of information and WikiLeaks. The paper’s coverage of phone hacking led to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics.
In 2013 the paper broke the story of how Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency analyst, had turned whistleblower. Over several weeks the Guardian led the global coverage of the Snowden revelations, leading to changes in the law and numerous debates in the US Congress, the UK parliament and legislatures around the world. Guardian US won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Paul Foot Award and the George Polk Award for its coverage.
The paper was nominated Newspaper of the Year five times between 1996 and 2014. Rusbridger was named Editor of the Year three times. He also won the Liberty Human Rights Award, the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset Award.