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Ann Leslie

Dame Ann Leslie
Born Ann Elizabeth Mary Leslie
(1941-01-28) 28 January 1941
Rawalpindi, British India
Other names Dame Ann Leslie
Education Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Daily Mail
Title DBE
Spouse(s) Michael Fletcher (1969–present)
Children One daughter

Dame Ann Elizabeth Mary Leslie DBE (born 28 January 1941, Rawalpindi, British India)[1] is a British journalist who writes for the Daily Mail.


Leslie spent her early years in India, where she attended an English-language school and "witnessed the killing trains of Partition".[2] In 1950, her parents sent her away to boarding school in England, where she attended the Presentation Convent School in Matlock, Derbyshire, and St Leonards-Mayfield School, East Sussex. She went on, two years later, to attend Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.


Her first job in journalism was at the Daily Express in Manchester in 1962.[3] Leslie moved to the Daily Mail in 1967. She has interviewed major film stars, entertainers and political figures and has reported on numerous wars, civil conflicts and political stories in around 70 countries. Significant events on which she reported include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, and Nelson Mandela's final walk to freedom. At the Reuters/Press Gazette launch of the Newspaper Hall of Fame she was named as one of the most influential journalists of the last forty years. In David Randall’s The Great Reporters (celebrating the 13 best British and American journalists of all time) she is profiled as "the most versatile reporter ever".

Her memoir, "Killing My Own Snakes", was published in 2008.[4]

She is a regular current affairs broadcaster on the BBC (Question Time, Any Questions?, Dateline London), Sky News, and international broadcasting organisations.

Leslie was interviewed in the 2012 documentary The Diamond Queen, about Queen Elizabeth II.


Leslie has won nine British Press Awards and has won two Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 1999, she was awarded the James Cameron Award for international reporting. She was created a DBE on 30 December 2006 for her "services to journalism". In 2012, Leslie won the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism Award at the eighth annual International Media Awards in London on 5 May 2012.[5][6]


  1. ^ Debrett's biodata
  2. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (5 April 2009). "Ann Leslie, Queen of the frontline". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ ""The Indestructible Journos", The Independent, 12 June 2008. Retrieved on 20 October 2008.
  4. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (5 April 2009). "Ann Leslie, Queen of the frontline".  
  5. ^ Award for Dame Ann of the Mail for her distinguished career in journalism
  6. ^ International Media Awards - Winners 2012

External links

  • Short biography upon becoming a Dame (BBC, 30 December 2006)
  • BBC biodata on Leslie
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