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Death of an editor

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-01-21

Mail on Sunday

Stewart Steven former editor of The Mail on Sunday

Stewart Steven, one of Fleet Street's most famous editors has died. The former editor of London's Evening Standard and The Mail on Sunday was born Stefan Cohn in Hamburg, Germany and with his parents fled the Nazi regime in 1936 when he was a year old.

His father was Jewish, while his mother was Protestant and he is said to have always been proud of his Jewish family roots.

Steven got his first break working on the Oxford Mail before becoming a political reporter for Central Press Features during the start of the 1960s.

By 1963, he became political correspondent of the Western Daily Press and then joined the Daily Express as a political reporter in 1964 and became Foreign Editor in 1967.

In 1972, he joined the Daily Mail and rapidly rose within the newspaper publisher to become editor of the Mail on Sunday in 1982 and also editor of sister newspaper the London Evening Standard in 1992.

Current Standard editor Veronica Wadley said of Steven: "He was a brilliant campaigning editor who championed the causes of London and Londoners."

Steven is survived by his wife Inka and son Jack.