Sir Harold Evans is a renowned British journalist and writer. As editor of the Sunday Times (UK), 1967 – 1981, he headed an investigative team of journalists who unearthed and published many stories of hidden scandals in the UK.
The story of the children who suffered from Thalidomide disabilities was one such case. The children had received no compensation from the drug manufacturer and the families were in dire straights. The Times was prohibited from publishing the stories because there was a case before the courts. Not deterred by the court ban he published the accounts of children’s plight under the guise of ‘human interest’ stories. These stories caused an outrageous reaction from the public. His many efforts, including bringing their case before the European Court of Human Rights, finally brought compensation for the Thalidomiders’ families.
Since leaving the Sunday Times Sir Harold has worked for several trailblazing broadcast and print news publications. He is now the Editor-at- Large at Reuters news Agency in the US, where he lives with his wife and two children. Sir Harold still writes frequently on the ongoing struggle of Thalidomide survivors. He was knighted in 2004 for his significant contributions to investigative journalism.