Sylvester speaking to Kenneth Clarke.

Rachel Mynfreda Sylvester (born 1969) is a British political journalist who writes for The Times.

Education and careerEdit

Sylvester was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead in North West London, followed by Somerville College of the University of Oxford.[1]

Sylvester joined The Daily Telegraph newspaper in 1992. In 1998, she left for a one-year period as the political editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper.[citation needed] She returned to the Telegraph in 1999 as assistant editor (politics), a position she held until 2008.[1]

Sylvester joined The Times newspaper in June 2008, where she writes a weekly political column and a weekly interview piece, often collaborating with Alice Thomson.[2] She was named 2015's Political Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.[3] Iain Martin has described her and Thomson's work as "highly skilled interviewers [with] a gift for getting people to burble on until they say something highly revealing."[4] She was named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the Political Studies Association.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Sylvester has two sons (born in 2004 and 2006) by her husband, Patrick Wintour, diplomatic editor of The Guardian. Sylvester and Wintour were married in 2002 in north London.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Ms Rachel Sylvester Authorised Biography". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ Brook, Stephen (25 April 2008). "Telegraph columnist Rachel Sylvester joins Times". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ "2015 British Press Award Winners". British Press Awards website. Society of Editors. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ Martin, Iain. "One word in defence of Andrea Leadsom". Reaction. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. ^ "PSA Awards: the public, academics, media, culture and politicians have all shaped an extraordinary year in politics". News. Political Studies Association. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.

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