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The 2012 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture is being given by Alan Rusbridger, Editor of The Guardian newspaper.
Alan Rusbridger has been editor of the Guardian since 1995. He is editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, a member of the GNM and GMG Boards and a Director of the Scott Trust Limited, which owns the Guardian and the Observer.
Rusbridger's career began on the Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before first joining the Guardian in 1979. He worked as a general reporter, feature writer and diary columnist before leaving to succeed Clive James and Julian Barnes as the Observer's TV critic.
During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, Trafigura, freedom of information and Wikileaks.
The paper was nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2006. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times.
Born in Zambia, he graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English in 1976. He is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a visiting professor of history at Queen Mary's College, London. He has honorary doctorates from Lincoln and Kingston Universities.
The Lecture is named after Philip Geddes, a member of St Edmund Hall and a journalist of considerable promise. After graduating he joined the staff of the London Evening Standard, then moved to the staff of the Daily Express. In December 1983 he was in Harrods, the Knightsbridge store, when orders were issued for the building to be evacuated. Realising there was a story to be had, he went to investigate. He was killed by the blast from a bomb planted by the IRA. Philip Geddes was just 24.