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Emily Wilson (journalist)

Emily Wilson
Alma materUniversity of Bristol University of Cardiff
EmployerNew Scientist

Emily Wilson is the editor of New Scientist magazine. Appointed in early 2018, she is the first woman to become editor in the publication's 62-year history.[1] Wilson was previously assistant editor of The Guardian newspaper and editor of Guardian Australia.


Wilson graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 with a first-class degree in Chemistry.[2][3][4] Afterwards, she spent a short time as English teacher in Malawi before taking a postgraduate diploma in journalism at the University of Cardiff.[2]


Emily Wilson worked as a reporter at the Bristol Evening Post, then worked for the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.[5] In 1999, Wilson joined The Guardian as a health editor.[6][4] She became assistant features editor in 2001.[2] Between 2012 and 2014, she was responsible for all the UK digital content and editor of the UK homepage.[4] In 2014, Wilson was appointed editor of Guardian Australia.[7] As assistant editor at The Guardian, Wilson was responsible for the coverage global stories, including science, environment, health and technology.[8]

At the beginning of February 2018, it was announced Wilson had been appointed as the 11th editor of New Scientist magazine and the first woman in this post.[1]

In 2019, Wilson was a judge for the Voyager Media Awards in New Zealand.[9]


  1. ^ a b "New Scientist appoints Emily Wilson as first female editor". New Scientist. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Emily (16 May 2001). "Chemistry". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ Wilson, Emily (16 February 2007). "Emily Wilson goes back to Bristol University". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Katharine Viner to edit US Guardian, Emily Wilson to take reins of Oz operation". Mumbrella. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ Joshi, Kruti. "Guardian Australia's mobile-first approach to content". Mediaweek. Sydney. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Guardian News & Media announces senior editorial changes". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Emily Wilson". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  8. ^ Kakar, Arun (1 February 2018). "New Scientist appoints Guardian journalist Emily Wilson as first ever female editor". Press Gazette. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Judges 2019". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 17 May 2019.