Harold Evans is currently directing the development of a multi-media, web-enhanced college courseware package on innovation as seen through the lens of our country’s history.Evans’ critically acclaimed book, They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine:Two Centuries of Innovatorsand the PBS series based on the book were the inspiration for the course, which is being developed with funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Evans is also the author of the acclaimed best-selling book on American history, The American Century.He received the John Burton Tigrett Award for Innovation in 2004.
Evans graduated M.A.with honors from DurhamUniversity and held a Harkness Fellowship at the Universities of Chicago and Stanford. He has been variously honored by the universities of Durham, Sterling, Teesside, the London Institute, and the Royal Photographic Society. In London, he was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982.His account of these years was published in his best-selling book Good Times, Bad Times.
Evans moved to America in 1984. He was the founding editor of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and President and Publisher of Random House Trade Group (1990-1997). From 1997-1999 he was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, a position from which he resigned in January 2000 to write full time.He remains a contributing editor of US News and is alsoa contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, the BBC talks program Point of View, and editor at large of The Week magazine.
Among many recognitions, Evans was awarded the European Gold Medal by the Institute of Journalists. This followed his successful Sunday Times investigation and campaign on behalf of children injured by the pharmaceutical thalidomide. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Press Award Committee, its highest accolade. In 2000, Evans was honored as one of 50 World Press Heroes on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Press Institute in defense of press freedom. In 2001, British journalists voted him the greatest all time British newspaper editor and, in 2004, he was honored with a knighthood in the Queen's 2004 New Year's Honors list.
Sir Harold lives in New York City with his wife, Tina Brown, and their two children, George and Isabel.