Sir Peter Stothard is a British author, journalist and critic.

He joined The Sunday Times in 1978 and The Times in 1981, becoming chief leader writer, deputy editor and, based in Washington, US editor. From 1992 to 2002 he was editor of The Times and from 2002-16 he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement, the only journalist to have held both roles. In 2004 he published Thirty Days: An Inside Account of Tony Blair. He also writes books about Roman history and his four books of memoir cover both political and classical themes. He was knighted for services to the newspaper industry in 2003. In 2013 he was awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy. In 2017, Stothard was appointed a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. In 2020 he published The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Ceasar.