During his time with the publication, MacAskill has been chief political correspondent, diplomatic editor, Washington bureau chief, New York-based reporter, and defence and intelligence correspondent, as well as part of the Guardian team who won a Pulitzer Prize for our coverage of the Edward Snowden story.
When did you decide to become a journalist?
The catalyst was a school trip to the Scottish Daily Express, based in Glasgow. The deputy chief sub-editor showing us around was obviously well-liked and there was a lot of banter between him and other journalists and with the printers. That was it for me. I never wanted to be anything else. That deputy chief sub eventually ended up at the Guardian, Ian Jack. And so, happily, did I.
How did you come to the Guardian?
I was on the Glasgow Herald and the Scotsman and had a couple of stints working overseas. I was interviewed by then