hyoung.jpgHugo John Smelter Young, a veteran British newspaper columnist and author, died on Sept. 22 from cancer. He was 64.
Young studied law at Balliol College, Oxford, then joined the Yorkshire Post as a reporter in 1961. He spent two years in America as a Harkness and Congressional Fellow before returning to Britain to work for The Sunday Times. The newspaper promoted Young to chief leader writer in his second year, a post he occupied until 1977, but he also served as its political editor, deputy editor and political columnist.
When the paper was taken over by Rupert Murdoch’s News International, Young moved to The Guardian to write a twice-weekly column devoted to British politics. He was particularly interested in former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, so much so that he wrote several biographies on her life.
He also served as the chairman of the Scott Trust, the organization that owns the Guardian and its sister newspaper, the Observer. Young was voted columnist of the year in 1980, 1983 and 1985 in the British Press Awards.
“Hugo was, simply, a towering figure in British journalism,” said Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger.
Special Young Section From The Guardian
Young’s Column Archive