The Info List - Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon (born 1968 in New York City) is a British journalist and author who was the editor of Tatler magazine from 2011 until resigning in December 2017.

Early life

Reardon was born in New York to London architect Patrick Reardon. She attended Garden House School, Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, Cheltenham Ladies' College and Stowe School. Reardon rejected a place at the University of Exeter to begin a career in journalism.[1]


Reardon began her career on the US edition of Vogue magazine as its youngest ever fashion assistant, and was made fashion director of the British Tatler magazine at the age of 21, also its youngest ever. Reardon remained in this position for 9 years, before gaining the attention of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who gave her the job of contributing editor in 1999, in which she spent eleven years in the role. Reardon has also contributed to most of the UK's national newspapers and written three columns in The Times, who named her one of Britain's best writers.[2]

In 2007, Reardon launched her own website called TopTips.com, giving "real tips for real women", which later became a best-selling book (translated into Russian and Indonesian, among other languages)[1][3] and spawned a column in the Daily Mail and a regular slot on GMTV.[2] Also in 2007, Reardon was named one of London's 1,000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard.[4]

Reardon was appointed the editor of Tatler on 20 December 2010, and was the 17th editor since the magazine's relaunch in 1901.[1] Under her editorship, Tatler tackled many important issues on domestic abuse and championing gay women. In 2014, BBC Two broadcast a 3-part documentary, Posh People, Inside Tatler, featuring Kate and other staff members: the documentary has now been viewed by an audience approaching seven million. Other innovative developments of the brand under Kate’s leadership include successful B2C events as well as the annual and much-anticipated Schools Guide and Awards, all of which have capitalised on Tatler’s authority in the education sector.

Personal life

Reardon has previously dated Rupert Fairfax, Old Etonian aide to Prince Charles, actor Samuel West, former Spectator editor Matthew D'Ancona, and former executive M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose. In the Summer of 2013, she married bloodstock agent Charles Gordon-Watson, with whom she has two children.

A keen horse-rider, after buying her own horse which she keeps in Wiltshire, she took part in Glorious Goodwood's first ever Celebrity Ladies Race.[5]

Reardon is a major fundraiser for Cancer Research UK and was elected a Member in 2007.[2] Her fundraising efforts have included hosting the Great Girls' lunch at the Westbury hotel.[6]


  • Top Tips for Girls (Headline, 2008)
  • Top Tips for Life (Headline, 2010)
  • Your Mother Was Right (Three Rivers Press, 2010)


  1. ^ a b c Marsha Dunstan (21 December 2010). "Everyone loves new Tatler editor Kate Reardon". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "MIC: Judges (Student Media Awards 2011)". The Guardian. London. 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Deans, Jason (20 December 2010). "Kate Reardon appointed Tatler editor". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23415937-social-london.do
  5. ^ "Edie Campbell Glorious Goodwood Jockey (Vogue.co.uk)". Vogue UK. 
  6. ^ "Diary". Evening Standard. 

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Preceded by
Catherine Ostler
Editor of the Tatler
Succeeded by
Richard Dennen