Not only was The Guardian’s Associate Editor once involved in a physical brush with the PM’s press secretary, he’s also engaged in ‘light sabre fighting’ with a Cabinet Minister. Despite this he feels more at home with the verbal insult - as in his programme Savaged By A Dead Sheep.
Voted Print Journalist of the Year by MPs and Peers in the House Magazine/BBC Parliamentary Awards, Michael White is Assistant Editor of The Guardian.
Michael was raised and educated in Cornwall and obtained a History degree from University College, London. He broke into journalism on the Reading Evening Post, before becoming a reporter on the Evening Standard. He joined The Guardian in the early seventies, where he served as Washington Correspondent and Parliamentary Sketchwriter before taking over as Political Editor in 1990.
Michael’s numerous television appearances include Question Time, Newsnight, What the Papers Say, Have I Got News For You, Breakfast News and BBC News 24. For Radio 4, Michael introduced a celebration of political insults entitled Savaged By A Dead Sheep. An expert on health policy, he writes a weekly column for the Health Service Journal.
With a great breadth of knowledge of the British, European and American political systems, Michael demystifies many of the intricacies of party and government politics, and lifts the lid on the role of the media, spin and advertising in Whitehall. He might also recount the time he came to blows with Alastair Campbell…allegedly.
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