Tom Ough

Writer & editor


It's pronounced "Oh", as in: "Oh! What a useful webpage. Here is the place for me to meet all my Tom Ough needs."My work is generally concerned with novel ways of making the world better – or at least staving off its untimely demise.

My writing

Some highlights. And a lowlight.



2021 and earlier

My work

I learnt my trade at The Times and The Telegraph, where I held various roles over seven years. I broke agenda-setting news stories, interviewed politicians, celebrities and sports stars, and wore the sacred journalistic mantle of office guinea pig.These days I do a few things. I write features for newspapers and magazines, generally about things that would be either tremendous for humanity or terrible, and I'm a Polaris fellow as of January 2024.I'm also a contractor and editorial consultant for organisations seeking to drastically improve the world. My current and recent clients include ARIA (the UK's newly-founded scientific innovation agency); Effective Giving and Longview (two philanthropic advice organisations that help wealthy donors use their fortunes to safeguard humanity from extreme risks); and the Swift Centre (a forecasting institute that aims to improve decision-making related to geopolitics, science, economics and government).I've also assisted Blueprint Biosecurity in its project of finding & supporting new endeavours to make humanity more resilient against pandemics.Elsewhere, I'm a mentor at the Tarbell Fellowship. I occasionally speak about my work on TV and radio.


  • (n.b. to PRs: I'm not attending Web Summit 2023)