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The First Lady of Fleet Street

The first non-white UK newspaper editor was hired in 1894

By Nina Martyris  

Rachel Sassoon Beer (Courtesy of the Sassoon family)

Amol Rajan, the new editor of the Independent, is being widely congratulated for becoming the first non-white from an ethnic background to be named editor of a national newspaper in the UK. The 29-year-old Calcutta-born Rajan deserves every good wish, but he’s not the first to have broken through.

Rachel Sassoon Beer, editor of the Sunday Times and the Observer between 1894 and 1902, claimed that title more than…

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