Andrew Edward "Andy" Coulson
(born 21 January 1968) is an English journalist and political
Coulson was the editor of the News of the World
from 2003 until his resignation
in 2007, following the conviction of one of the newspaper's reporters in relation to illegal phone-hacking
He subsequently joined David Cameron
's personnel as communications director, until announcing his departure on 21 January 2011 because of continued media coverage of the phone-hacking affair.He was replaced on 2 February 2011 by former BBC
Global News Controller of English Craig Oliver
. Coulson was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service
on 8 July 2011 "in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking".
Coulson grew up in Wickford
. He attended Beauchamps High School
, a secondary school and sixth form college, from 1979 to 1986. Coulson's parents moved from their Basildon council house
to nearby Wickford during his childhood.
Coulson started work at 18 as a junior reporter on the Basildon Echo
in 1986. In 1988, he moved to The Sun
, working with Piers Morgan
on the Bizarre
column. In 1994, he briefly moved to the Daily......