Born in London, Alex Hannaford 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. Since moving to the US in 2003, he has written about the death penalty, crime, harsh sentencing, immigration and refugees, religion, culture and human rights issues for publications like British GQ, The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph magazines, The Guardian & Observer, The Independent, The Atlantic, and The Texas Observer.
He cowrote and hosted Dead Man Talking, a crime podcast for Audioboom, which won a British Podcast Award, Battleground, about the 2020 presidential election, and The Innocents, about wrongful conviction. He wrote and directed The Last 40 Miles, an award-winning animated short film about the death penalty. Alex is an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.