Michael Crick, BA

Michael joined The University of Manchester’s Board of Governors in 2012.

Michael Crick

Educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, where he was president of the Oxford Union, Michael is a journalist, author and broadcaster specialising in politics. After two years as a trainee journalist with ITN, he was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982, later serving as the programme's Washington correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990, working on Panorama before joining Newsnight in 1992, serving as Political Editor from 2007 to his departure in 2011. Upon leaving the BBC, he returned to Channel 4 News as their political correspondent.

In 2018 Michael was given the British Journalism Review Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism.  He has also won four awards from the Royal Television Society: in 1989 for coverage of the US election; in 2002 for his Panorama Special on the life of Jeffrey Archer; and in both 2014 and 2018 as the RTS Specialist Journalist of the Year.  He was named Political Studies Association Journalist of the Year in 2014.

He is the author of several bestselling books, including biographies of Arthur Scargill, Jeffrey Archer and Sir Alex Ferguson. In 1998 he organised the group Shareholders United Against Murdoch which helped block the BSkyB takeover of Manchester United. He was subsequently Vice Chairman of Shareholders United, and served on the Manchester United Fans' Forum.

He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford, for whom he wrote a biography of the psephologist Sir David Butler.