Alex Hannaford

Independent Journalist


Alex Hannaford

Writer for the Sunday Times, Guardian, GQ, The Telegraph, Atlantic, and The Texas Observer | Fellow @ The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University | www.alexhannaford.com



Taking on Donald Trump: A sweep of Democrat successes is predicted in the upcoming US midterms

Down near Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, there is little room to move. People are spilling into the road near stalls selling flags, T-shirts and lapel badges that read: ‘Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy’ and ‘Protect Kids Not Guns’. As 8pm approaches on this Saturday night in autumn, there are 50,000 people here; some reckon 60,000.
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Does Beto O’Rourke stand a chance?

Two years after Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, knelt down during the national anthem in order to protest racial injustice in America, a middle-aged man stood before a crowd of people gathered in Houston, Texas, and defended Kaepernick’s right to do so. ‘Isn’t it disrespectful?’.
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We asked 12 mass killers: 'What would have stopped you?'

Parkland is an affluent city of 30,000 people, 40 miles north of Miami on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Families once moved there for its safe neighbourhoods and good schools. One former mayor said life revolved around its open spaces and fields. It was also one of the safest cities in Florida – but that all changed on Valentine’s Day 2018 at 2.19pm.
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The British woman with a death row ministry

Ann Stevens together with Ivan Cantu on her ministry visit at the Polunsky Unit Credit: Enda Bowe. Even if you know the Polunsky Unit is about to make its first appearance behind a thicket of pine, it still stops you in your tracks – so stark and imposing are the concrete and razor wire and lookout towers in this sleepy, rural corner of east Texas.
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David Miliband on why the EU is more appealing than ever

In this preview of the latest issue of British GQ, out Thursday, David Miliband talks about why the EU is more appealing than ever and what Labour should do next…. David Miliband on remaining invested in Britain despite living abroad. “I take no pleasure in Britain’s embarrassment. Those of us who are outside the country take absolutely no pleasure in the low ebb to which Britain has sunk.
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Missing in the US desert: finding the migrants dying on the trail north

Last year, 322 deaths were recorded along the US border with Mexico. The real number could be a lot higher. Alex Hannaford joins volunteers searching for the lost
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Inside Houston, the City Is Running Out of Sleep, Fuel, and Lives to Save

As darkness fell over Houston on Tuesday evening, three military helicopters circled above Tidwell Road, while near its intersection with the Sam Houston Tollway, a huge dump truck plowed through the water toward the highway carrying at least seven children to safety in its giant hopper. But Tidwell Road isn't technically a road at all: Since the weekend, it’s become a vast river snaking into the distance.
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Rocky Mountain Murder Mystery

The voice on the phone to the 911 operator sounds urgent, slightly breathless: "Hello, my name is Harold Henthorn, I’m in the Rocky Mountain National Park, and I need an Alpine Mountain Rescue Team immediately." The operator transfers him to the National Park Service. "My wife has fallen from a rock on the north summit of Deer Mountain," he says.
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Inside Guantanamo

The armchairs have manacles, dinner is served via tube and there is a detention section so guarded its location is still top secret. Esquire becomes the first UK magazine to go inside the most notorious prison in the world
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A prophet rises from the ashes of Waco

Charles Pace is the leader of the Branch Davidians, the religious sect in Texas that became infamous when a 51-day standoff with the FBI resulted in more than 80 deaths. Twenty years later, he is preparing his flock for conflict on a different scale.
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The Promised Land

These refugees are desperate to make it to Britain. Their perilous journey has taken them across two continents. Many of them, like this man, are willing to risk their lives in the cold waters of the Channel in the hope of a new beginning.
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Alcatraz of the Rockies

The world’s most notorious terrorists — the Unabomber, the shoe bomber, soon to be joined by the underwear bomber — live side by side in America’s toughest prison. Yet they never meet. Alex Hannaford investigates life at Colorado’s supermaximum security jail
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Alex Hannaford

Alex was born in London in 1974 and spent his early childhood in Nigeria. He cut his teeth in journalism on the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Lymington Times in England — at the time the last newspaper in the country to use hot metal printing. He worked as a feature writer and commissioning editor on the London Evening Standard before going freelance in 2003.

Alex has taught journalism at Kingston University in the UK and authored a biography (Last of the Rock Romantics) for Ebury Press, part of the Random House group. He has written about the death penalty, crime, harsh sentencing, religion, culture and human rights issues for the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph magazines, The Guardian, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Nation, and the Texas Observer. A dual British-U.S. citizen , he divides his time between Texas and London.

Fellow, The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University

Founder, Deadliners Club

Member, Investigative Reporters & Editors & NUJ