Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian. He also writes a monthly column for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.
He has written six books: The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We? And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. Gary has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the Tea Party to hip hop culture. His new book Another Day in the Death of America, was released in September following its predecessor A Day in the Death of America.
Born in Hertfordshire to Barbadian parents, he grew up in Stevenage until he was 17 when he went to teach English with Project Trust in Sudan. On his return, he went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he was elected Vice President (Welfare) of the Student Association, a paid sabbatical post he held for a year.
In his final year of University he was awarded a bursary from the Guardian to study journalism at City University, joining the paper in 1993. In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, and from 2001to 2003 he won Best Newspaper Journalist in Britain’s Ethnic Minority Media Awards.
After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean Gary was appointed The Guardian’s New York correspondent in 2003. His first book, No Place Like Home, published in 1999, was shortlisted for the Guardian’s first book award. His third book, Who Are We?, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama campaign. In 2015 he was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year by The UK Comment Awards and the David Nyhan Prize for political journalism. In 2016 he won an award from the Sandford St Martin Trust for a radio documentary about how American evangelicals were grappling with gay marriage.
In 2007 he was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Heriot Watt and London South Bank Universities. In 2009 he was appointed the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor for Public Policy and Social Administration at Brooklyn College (CUNY).