Alex Hannaford



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 newspapers on the south coast of England before joining London's Evening Standard as a feature writer and later commissioning editor.

Alex has taught journalism at Kingston University in the UK and since moving to the US in 2003 has written about the death penalty, crime, harsh sentencing, religion, culture and human rights issues for British GQ, The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph magazines, the Guardian, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Nation, and others.

In 2012 he wrote and directed The Last 40 Miles, an award-winning animated short film about the death penalty; in 2019-2020 he hosted Dead Man Talking, a podcast series for Audioboom which won silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards and reached #1 in the UK iTunes podcast charts.

He won the 2015 Media Award from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and is a Fellow of The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University.

A dual British-U.S. citizen, Alex is based in New York's Hudson Valley. His latest podcast is "The Innocents," about wrongful conviction. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Stranger's Guide magazine, and is currently working on a book about Austin, Texas, to be published by Dey Street / Harper Collins in 2024.

Literary agent: Howard Yoon @ WME
TV / film: Nate Miller @ Management