Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

“No news organisation was able to anticipate or explain the great voter rebellions of 2016 — the Brexit vote in Britain and the election of Trump as president in the US. Tortoise was set up to try to do a better job of getting at the truth behind the news. That’s what we’re doing. Every day it feels worthwhile, and it’s great to see that more and more members feel the same way.”

Giles grew up mainly in Africa, studied history and worked as a Times correspondent in LA, Moscow and Washington. He was the Times‘ chief leader-writer for three years before joining Tortoise in 2018. Along the way he’s written a few books including Spitfire Women of World War II, Bridge of Spies, and a biography of snow.