Anne McElvoy

Anne McElvoy (born 25 June 1965) is a British journalist, contributing to The Economist and the London Evening Standard, and the BBC.[2]

Anne McElvoy
McElvoy at the Horasis Global Meeting in 2019
Born (1965-06-25) 25 June 1965
EducationSt Bede's Catholic School, Lanchester
Alma mater
Martin Ivens (m. 1994)
ChildrenBenjamin Ivens, Gabriel Ivens and Isolde Ivens
Parent(s)Alexander McElvoy
Mary Margaret Bartley/McElvoy

Early life

McElvoy attended St Bede's RC Comprehensive School in Lanchester, County Durham, and read German and Philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford. While at Oxford University, she edited Cherwell, the student newspaper. She spent a year at the Humboldt University of Berlin, then in East Berlin, studying East German literature and censorship.



She joined The Times in 1988 as a graduate trainee, heavily covering the dissolution of eastern Europe, and later reporting from Moscow. In 1995 she became deputy editor of The Spectator, as well as being a columnist on its sister publication, The Daily Telegraph.[2]

In 1997 she became associate editor of The Independent. In 2002 she moved to the Evening Standard as executive editor remaining until 2009, though McElvoy still contributes a weekly political column. In 2009 she joined The Economist. She assisted Markus Wolf in the writing of Man Without A Face: The Autobiography Of Communism's Greatest Spymaster and Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged A Secret War Against The West, and The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life And Legacy.


She has been a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 3 late-night discussion programme since 2009, initially on Night Waves, and then its successor programme, Free Thinking. She has also appeared on BBC2's Newsnight Review, and occasionally contributes to BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze.[3]

Personal life

In 1994, McElvoy married Martin Ivens, also a journalist, who is the editor of The Sunday Times. The couple have two sons and one daughter.


  • (1992). The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life & Legacy. Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0571165919.
  • (1997). Man Without A Face: The Autobiography of Communism's Greatest Spymaster. Jonathan Cape Ltd. ISBN 978-0224044981.
  • (1998). Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged a Secret War Against the West. Pimlico. ISBN 978-0712666558.


  1. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. "Anne McElvoy - Biorgrpahy and facts". Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. "Anne McElvoy".

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