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Serena Kutchinsky

Editor, writer & content strategist

London

Serena Kutchinsky

I have over a decade of experience in digital media, and specialise in politics, culture, economics and lifestyle. I thrive on the challenge of producing intellectually ambitious journalism in a fast-paced environment.

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“This is bigger than just Brexit”: how Gina Miller held the government to account over the EU

She learned Article 50 off by heart and faced off against Nigel Farage on The Andrew Marr Show. But Miller says it's not just about Europe. The high court ruling on Article 50 has thrown the government’s Brexit plans, such as they were, into disarray. The judgment in effect blocks the Prime Minister from acting without a parliamentary vote.
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Craig Oliver, Cameron's attack dog, finally bites

It must be hard being a spin doctor: always in the shadows but always on-message. The murky control that the role requires might explain why David Cameron’s former director of communications Craig Oliver has rushed out his political memoirs so soon after his boss left Downing Street. Now that he has been freed from the shackles of power, Oliver has chosen to expose the bitterness that lingers among those on the losing side in the EU referendum.
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Yanis Varoufakis: After Donald Trump’s awful victory, the left must be more ambitious

The US election result and Brexit have shown that political revolution is possible, says the former Greek finance minister. “I had no doubt Donald Trump would win, just like I had no doubt Brexit would happen, so maybe I’m not as shell-shocked as you,” says Yanis Varoufakis. The former Greek finance minister is speaking to me several days after the Republican candidate’s historic victory.
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Five trends that will be hot (and not) in 2017

At a new year’s party, I had a conversation with some of my mid-thirties friends about trends, specifically music. It consisted of us trying to ascertain if we were ready to succumb to our collective destiny and give up the fight to stay ahead of the cultural zeitgeist. The consensus among our group was that most of us, especially those with children, already had.
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The Pool: How Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker Worked Out What Women Want

What do women want? That was the question that drove the creation of The Pool, a smart, witty and softly feminist website which tackles everything from periods to politics. The brainchild of BBC Radio presenter Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker, a former editor of Cosmopolitan and Red, it recently celebrated its first birthday and is now read by over half a million users a month.
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Larry Sanders: My Brother Bernie Is The One To Beat Trump

Forget the Clintons and the Bushes: there is a new dynasty threatening to disrupt mainstream politics. The only difference is that this one is formed of two bespectacled, socialist-minded, elderly brothers from Brooklyn who have spent their lives championing left-wing ideals. Larry and Bernie Sanders might be 82 and 74 respectively, but the latter’s bid for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential election has energised American politics—harnessing huge support among younger voters.
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Michael Howard on Brexit: The EU Is Doomed, Even If Britain Votes to Remain

Interviewing Michael Howard is akin to spending time with a disapproving grandfather, one you respect and slightly fear. Tempted out of retirement to intervene in the EU referendum debate, the former Conservative Party leader who mentored David Cameron to the top now finds himself on the other side of the argument to his protégé.
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Sarah Kane, Sheffield Theatres: has her time come?

A “disgusting feast of filth… which appears to know no bounds of decency.”. This was a typical charge hurled at Sarah Kane’s first play, Blasted, when it opened at the Royal Court 20 years ago. Blasted, and its author, achieved infamy overnight. Critics took grim pleasure in listing the play’s horrors, which include rape, eyeball-gouging, excrement eating and cannibalism.
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I sabotaged my wedding — I want to be a spinster

In a new book, Spinster, US author Kate Bolick argues that women don’t all want to marry. Here, two writers agree
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Are Sleaford Mods Britain’s most political band?

Sleaford Mods shouldn’t be successful. They make an uncompromising hybrid of hip-hop and punk. They rant about politics in a coarse stream of consciousness. They are both in their forties, which is pushing it to be considered hip. Their lyrics are distinctively doom-laden and their stage presence is best described as swaggering.
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A good egg

Serena Kutchinsky watched as her father set out to make world's most stunning egg — one to rival Fabergé’s creations. He was a top jeweller with fabulously wealthy clients. What could possibly go wrong? I know I shouldn’t touch it, but I have to. The enormous, jewel-encrusted egg sits there glistening before my eyes.
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Ice, ice babies

Women are turning to egg freezing as a form of ‘fertility insurance’. What are the social consequences of delayed motherhood? Every parent thinks their child is special, but our son is a medical miracle,” says Palvinderjeet Singh, looking admiringly at her young son, Jai. She’s right: two years ago, he became Britain’s first baby boy to be born from a flash-frozen egg.

About

Serena Kutchinsky

I am a senior digital editor and writer with over a decade of experience on national newspapers and magazines. I love finding new ways to tell stories and engaging readers in the process.

My specialism is digital storytelling with a focus on politics, culture, economics and lifestyle. I have an eye for spotting exciting new talent in both writing and multimedia, and enjoy working with writers and producers to help them realise their potential. My own writing covers a wide-range of subjects from political interviews which set the news agenda, to long-form features and trend pieces.

I have worked with award-winning teams at the New Statesman, Newsweek and The Sunday Times, driving digital growth and innovation. While at The Sunday Times, I helped launch the title's website and tablet editions.

Public speaking is a passion of mine and I frequently speak in, or chair, debates at leading festivals such as the Hay Festival, the Battle of Ideas and How The Light Gets In.

I am currently working on my first book about how my jeweller father came to create the world’s largest Fabergé egg.

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Skills

  • Basic Spanish
  • French
  • Media law
  • 100 words p/min shorthand
  • Social media strategy
  • Content Management Systems
  • Adobe CC Suite
  • HTML