Emily Bell

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Emily Jane Bell (born 14 September 1965[1]) is a British academic and journalist. She is Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Columbia School of Journalism)[2] and the Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, part of the CSJ,[3] in New York City. Before taking up her academic post at the Tow Center in 2010, Bell had worked for The Guardian and Observer newspapers since 1990.[4]

Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk,[1] Bell read jurisprudence at Christ Church, Oxford, and graduated in 1987.[2] She began her career on Big Farm Weekly that year, and then joined Campaign, the magazine for the advertising business, in 1988.[5] In 1990, Bell joined The Observer as a business reporter[6] becoming Media Business Editor in 1995, deputy business editor,[7] and then Business Editor during 1998.[5] In June 2000, Bell became executive editor of the Media Guardian website,[8] and editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited in February 2001.[9]

In September 2006, Bell was appointed to the board of Guardian Newspapers Ltd and assumed the role of director of digital content for Guardian News and Media.[10] Emily Bell became a non-executive director of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian Media Group, in January 2013.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Ms Emily Bell Authorised Biography", Debrett's
  2. ^ a b "Emily Bell", Columbia School of Journalism
  3. ^ "Who We Are: Emily Bell, Director", Tow Center for Digital Journalism
  4. ^ Jason Deans "Emily Bell to leave Guardian News & Media for university post", theguardian.com, 21 April 2010
  5. ^ a b Stephen Armstrong "Media Profile: Emily Bell, business editor, the Observer - A true business strategist", PR Week, 4 December 1998
  6. ^ "Guardian Unlimited: Arts Blog: Emily Bell", theguardian.com
  7. ^ NMA Staff "Emily Bell, Guardian Unlimited", econsultancy.com, 6 December 2007
  8. ^ "Guardian appoints Observer business editor to head up online media launch", campaignlive.co.uk, 14 June 2000
  9. ^ Adam Hill "Media: Editor of Guardian Unlimited resigns", PR Week, 1 December 2001
  10. ^ "Emily Bell to Join Board of Guardian Newspapers", theguardian.com, (Guardian News and Media Press Office), 15 September 2006
  11. ^ Josh Halliday "Emily Bell and Alex Graham appointed Scott Trust non-executive directors", theguardian.com, 23 January 2013

External links

  • "Emily Bell(Wether) - An Englishwoman in New York" - official blog
  • "Emily Bell" - Guardian contributor page
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