Must Know Journalist: Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff


What’s her beat?

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is Head of Editorial at and writes freelance for the Guardian. She is the former weekend editor and writer at Dazed. Charlie has written for a multitude of publications, including The Observer, the iPaper, Metro and the Financial Times. Charlie is also an experienced panellist and speaker on radio and TV.

Describe her in a sentence

Charlie is a journalist, editor and features writer who focuses on an array of issues ranging from politics and race to youth culture, travel and lifestyle.

Pitch or avoid?

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Why do I need to know her?

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is an award winning journalist who has contributed hugely to the conversion around the Windrush generation and writes frequently about identity and society. Brinkhurst-Cuff won the Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism in 2016 and is an alumnus of the Scott Trust Bursary. She has also contributed to many panel discussions on both TV and radio.

In 2018, Brinkhurst-Cuff’s first book was published. Titled ‘Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children’, it explores the treatment of the Windrush generation and the experiences of those who lived through it. In 2019, it was long-listed for the Jhalak Prize and received high praise upon its release.

Though she is vocal and passionate about black identity, Brinkhurst-Cuff explores a variety of issues from women’s sport to politics and celebrity profiles. She is not a journalist defined by a genre and for this reason she is a journalist that every PR professional should know.

What’s her backstory?

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff graduated from the University of London in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. Brinkhurst-Cuff began as an Editorial Intern for the New Statesman before going on to complete a Master’s in Newspaper Journalism at City University London.

Brinkhurst-Cuff became a Broadcast Assistant for Share Radio upon her graduation, and later joined Archant as a Features and Property Writer. With the launch of Gal-dem in 2015, Brinkhurst-Cuff was appointed Head of Editorial and has written for the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and regularly contributed to The Guardian on a freelance basis ever since.


Let’s see her in action: 

Peace, solitude and environmental smugness: a love letter to train travel

How racism became a hot trend for TikTok’s teens

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