Robert Cole is a journalist, currently employed by Reuters. He worked for The Times, in London, in a variety of writing and editing capacities from 1998 to 2010, most in the Business section. Robert also worked as a leader writer for The Times, a book reviewer, a lifestyle features writer, and a home news editor. For a year or so, Robert was also the paper’s Chief Obituaries Writer.
From 1989 to 1994 he worked as a financial reporter on The Independent; from 1995 to 1998 he was the Personal Finance Editor of the London Evening Standard. At The Times, he was Deputy Business Editor from 2002 to 2007 and acting business editor from March to August 2006.
Robert was born on 25 June 1966. He lives in south east London with his wife and four children. He grew up near Redhill, in Surrey, and was educated at Reigate Grammar School. He read English Language and Literature at the University of Hull and took a diploma in Newspaper Journalism at The City University, London, in 1989. He has published two factual books: most recently The Unwritten Laws of Finance and Investment (Profile Books, 2010) and, in 1996, Getting Started in Unit and Investment Trusts (John Wiley). With Sean Coughlan and Matthew Wall he produced Greenwich Reach in 2009 and Depford Creek in 2012
Robert led the financial journalism specialism at The City University in London in ten academic years between 1995 and 2007. He was given an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at The City University, a post which has helped him pursue book researches, in 2008. He has taught courses on corporate and business reporting at City University since 2013.
Robert likes to walk, read, write, garden, watch some sport, go to the theatre, cook and muck about with his family.
He also has a thing about post boxes; he calls it Trollopsarianism.