Alan Rusbridger became editor of the Guardian in 1995. He first joined the paper in 1979 as a general assignment reporter, feature writer and columnist.
He briefly moved to the sister paper, the Observer, followed by a stint as Washington correspondent for the London Daily News. He returned to the Guardian as a feature writer in 1987. He helped to launch the earliest version of what would become the online news website guardian.co.uk. During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom. The paper was nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2006. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times.