Emily Bell

Emily Bell
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Bell at the International Journalism Festival
Emily Jane Bell

(1965-11-14) 14 November 1965 (age 55)
Occupation Professor of Professional Practice , Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Board member of Guardian Newspapers Ltd, Scott Trust.
Academic work
Institutions Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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]

Bell is an editor of Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State,[12] published by Columbia University Press in March, 2017. She is also one of the 25 leading figures on the Information and Democracy Commission launched by Reporters Without Borders.


  1. ^ a b "Ms Emily Bell Authorised Biography", Debrett's (dead link)
  2. ^ a b "Emily Bell" Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, 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
  12. ^ Bell, Emily; Khorana, Taylor Owen With Smitha; Bollinger, Jennifer R. Henrichsen Foreword by Lee C., eds. (March 2017). Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231540674.

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