McElvoy at the Horasis Global Meeting in 2019
|Born||25 June 1965|
County Durham, England
|Education||St Bede's Catholic School, Lanchester|
Martin Ivens (m. 1994)
|Children||Benjamin Ivens, Gabriel Ivens and Isolde Ivens|
Mary Margaret Bartley/McElvoy
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.
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.
- —— (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.