Tom Newton Dunn
Thomas Zoltan Newton Dunn
16 December 1973
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
Dominie Moss (m. 2004)
Thomas Zoltan Newton Dunn (born 16 December 1973) is an English political journalist. Having previously worked for ten years as a defence journalist and foreign reporter, since 2009 he has been the political editor of The Sun newspaper.
Early life and family
Between 2005 and 2014, his mother ran the European Movement Speaker Service, which provided "Pro Europe speakers for educational establishments and civic societies to debate all aspects of Britain's membership of the EU". His father, who was a strong supporter of the UK adopting the Euro currency, defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in 2000 due to the party's Euroscepticism.
Newton Dunn joined The Daily Telegraph as a diary reporter for the Peterborough column in 1996, moving to the Daily Mirror to join its graduate trainee scheme the next year. He spent several years (1999–2001) with the Mirror as a news reporter, before being made the paper's defence correspondent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks covering the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
In 2004, he moved to The Sun as the paper's defence editor. He was promoted to the role of political editor at The Sun in 2009, although it was intended for him to remain involved in the title's defence coverage.
He is also a regular broadcast commentator on politics, is a regular panel member of BBC Two's Sunday Politics programme, hosts BBC Radio 4's The Week in Westminster, has been a panellist on Any Questions?, and reviews the papers on Sky News. Before the programme's demise he hosted What the Papers Say.
In December 2019 Newton Dunn wrote an article titled "'HIJACKED LABOUR' Ex-British intelligence officers say Jeremy Corbyn is at the centre of a hard-left extremist network" that was published in The Sun. The piece included links to the antisemitic conspiracy website the Millennium Report and has been described as "a far-right conspiracy theory". The piece was later deleted without comment.
Newton Dunn was awarded Scoop of the Year at the 2008 British Press Awards for revealing the cockpit tapes behind the Matty Hull friendly fire incident. He also won Reporter of the Year for that and other defence stories, and collected Campaign of the Year and the Hugh Cudlipp Award for Popular Journalism on behalf of The Sun for the paper's Help For Heroes campaign.
He also won Scoop of the Year for the Matty Hull friendly fire incident story at the 2007 What The Papers Say Awards.
In 2015, he won the Politics Journalism award at the annual British Journalism Awards for revealing the Plebgate scandal, which was successfully defended from a libel suit brought by Conservative MP and former Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.
Newton Dunn has ghost-written two non-fiction books by military veterans:
- "Find My Past". Search.findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
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- "Uk news in brief". The Guardian. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
- Tryhorn, Chris (15 October 2009). "Sun political editor George Pascoe-Watson to join Tim Allan's PR agency". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "What the Papers Say Awards: Full list of winners". The Guardian. 21 December 2007.
- "Jonathan Calvert of Sunday Times is Journalist of the Year: British Journalism Awards full list of winners". Press Gazette. London. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
| Political Editor of The Sun