- Simon Kelner
Simon Kelner (born 1957, Heywood) is a British journalist and newspaper editor. Kelner is editor-in-chief of "
The Independent" and " Independent on Sunday" newspapers. He was appointed in May 1998 to succeed Andrew Marrand Rosie Boycott.
Bury Grammar Schoolon "Tenterden Street" in Bury. He qualified in [http://www.ukjournalism.co.uk/news/story/161.htm journalism] at the former Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire. [ [http://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/2005/kelner.htm Simon Kelner launches Journalism Society ] ] He has an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire.
He started at the
Neath Guardianin 1976, staying there until 1979. From 1980-3, he worked as a sports reporter at the Kent Evening Post. He joined The Observer in 1983 as assistant sports editor, then The Independent as deputy sports editor in 1986, where he stayed until 1989.
Kelner has won several awards whilst at "The Independent", including Editor of the Year. His accolades followed his radical decision in September 2003 to relaunch "The Independent" in compact format, which proved to have an immediate and sustained uplift in sales, and which also acted as the catalyst for other broadsheet newspapers across the world shrinking in size. His success has seen him become one of the longest-serving editors in the short history of "The Independent". Kelner has also contributed to GQ magazine. In the April 2008 edition, Kelner talks food with
He is known as something of a raconteur and as an ebullient figure in the newspaper industry. He is mentioned several times in
Piers Morgan's 2005 book "The Insider".
Kelner's previous jobs include sports editor of the now defunct "
Sunday Correspondent", editor of " The Observer" magazine, and also the " Mail on Sunday" supplement "Night and Day".
He is married the cartoonist
Sally Ann Lassonin September 2001 in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea; they live in Marylebone. He had formerly married Karen Bowden in May 1988 in Islington; they have a daughter (born May 1989). His older brother Martin Kelneris also a journalist, as well as an established radio presenter. He follows the Swinton Lions.
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/mar/19/mondaymediasection4 "Guardian" interview March 2007]
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