Changing faces: Anne McElvoy

11th March 2016

News, Alumni news

Broadcaster and Journalist Anne McElvoy (Philosophy & Modern Languages, 1984) is one of the new faces in the Okinaga Room, where her portrait now hangs.

This newly commissioned photographic portrait is one of a series of images which are going up around College. The sitters have been chosen following nominations from staff, students and alumni, as inspirational members of the Wadham community.

Anne McElvoy is Senior Editor at The Economist, where she has also worked as Policy Editor and runs Economist Radio. She is also a regular newspaper columnist,  presenter of Radio 3 Free Thinking and hosts the flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, appearing also as a panellist on Radio 4's The Moral Maze

Her career began writing dispatches from East Germany on her year abroad from Wadham in East Germany. She joined The Times as a graduate trainee on leaving Wadham in 1988, becoming a foreign correspondent covering the fall of the Berlin Wall, unification of Germany, break-up of Yugoslavia and as bureau chief in Moscow in the early to mid- 90s, the transition from Yeltsin to Putin.  Her books on Germany include The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life and Legacy (1992). She was co-author of the best-selling memoirs of the spymaster Markus Wolf, Man Without a Face. 

Anne has kept in regular touch with Wadham since graduating, returning most recently in 2014 when she chaired a panel discussion celebrating 40 years of Women at Wadham.  Her pro bono work is mainly on education and in her capacity as a policy adviser, she sits on the Davos  Global Council on Education, the Education board of the Royal Opera House and the advisory board of Oxford University humanities division.

Warden Ken Macdonald QC is spearheading this project to showcase a more balanced selection of images of Wadham’s alumni and fellows: “I wanted to address the predominance in Hall and around College of portraits of white men. The Wadham community is a diverse and inclusive one and, until now, this has not been reflected by the portraits which adorn its walls. Over the coming months we hope to go some way to provide our students with inspirational images which reflect today’s Wadham community.”

Photographer Sophia Spring was commissioned to capture this image, one of nine which will be featured individually on the website over the coming weeks.

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