Dawn Neesom (born 11 December 1964) is an English journalist. She was the editor of the Daily Star newspaper, having been promoted to the post in December 2003, but at the end of February 2018 she left the post.
Born in Stratford, London, England, Neesom attended Valentines High School in Ilford, Essex. Her mother was a cleaner and her father a lorry driver.
Neesom has claimed at various times that her career in journalism began on the local weekly newspaper the Newham Recorder, but this has been shown to be untrue and she no longer makes this claim. She also worked on Woman's Own magazine before joining The Sun newspaper as a feature writer in 1992. She was promoted to become woman's editor before she joined the Daily Star as their woman's editor in 1997. Between 1997 and 2003, she was promoted to features editor and then associate editor (features) before, in September 2003, becoming joint deputy editor with Hugh Whittow. She left her post as the Daily Star's editor at the end of February 2018 to pursue a freelance media career, although she will continue as a columnist and interviewer for the newspaper.
She supports West Ham United and also practises kickboxing in her spare time.