Alan Cowell

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(journalist, novelist)
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Born16 March 1947
Children • Sarah
• Rebecca and Amanda
Spouse • Christiane Cowell
• Susan Cullinan
Former foreign correspondent for The New York Times.

Alan S. Cowell is a British journalist and a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times.


Between 2008 and 2013 Cowell was a Senior Correspondent for based in Paris. In March 2015, he left the staff of The New York Times but continued as a freelance contributor. He has also written for The Times of London.

Cowell began his journalism career as a reporter for British newspapers: The Lancashire Evening Post and The Cambridge News before becoming a news writer/reader at the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, in Bern, Switzerland, in 1971. He joined Reuters in 1972 as a reporter based in Bonn[1] and The New York Times in 1981. His reporting has covered primarily the Middle East, Africa and Europe. During a period of time based in Rome, he also covered the Vatican and was a member of the traveling press accompanying Pope John Paul II in Latin America, the United States, Australia and elsewhere. During a 43-year career as a foreign correspondent, Cowell worked from news bureaux in Germany, Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Greece, Egypt, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.

In 1985 he was awarded the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in recognition of his coverage of South Africa, whence he was expelled in 1987.

He wrote a book on Alexander V. Litvinenko, who poisoned with the radioactive isotope, Polonium 210, a story that became part of the New Cold War mythology.


A Document by Alan Cowell

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:UN Wants to Know If Spy Agencies Hold Answer to Dag Hammarskjöld’s DeathArticle15 July 2017Bernt Carlsson
Dag Hammarskjöld
Susan Williams
Mohamed Chande Othman
Dag Hammarskjöld/Premature death
John F Kennedy
After 56 years and many investigations, there is new hope that secrets lurking in Western intelligence archives could solve "the biggest whodunnit" in United Nations history: the mysterious death of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld...


  1. Laurence, John. "BOOKS OF THE TIMES: Chasing Death, Then Being Chased." The New York Times, 17 September 2003
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