Jason Cowley has been widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman. He is a former editor of Granta and has worked in senior roles on the Times and Observer. According to the European Press Prize, "Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given it an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn't had for years." He is a three times winner of the Editor of the Year (Politics and Current Affairs) at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.