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Gavin Hewitt

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Chief Correspondent, BBC News (2014-2016)

Europe Editor, BBC News (2009-2014)

Expert speaker on Brexit, the future of Europe and the eurozone crisis

Gavin Hewitt is a British journalist and presenter, currently serving as BBC News’ first ever Chief Correspondent. Prior to this appointment, he was BBC News’ Europe Editor (2009-2014). As one of the BBC’s most distinguished television journalists, he is widely acclaimed for his breadth of knowledge and expertise.

Based in Brussels, Gavin has covered the tensions between the EU and the UK and the Eurozone crisis since 2009. His most recent book, “The Lost Continent” (Hodder Paperbacks, 2013), skilfully weaves together narratives of Europe’s corridors of power and the impact of policy on Europe’s ordinary people.

Previously, Gavin was presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. While working on the programme, he made the acclaimed film, Escape From Tiananmen, which broke the story of Operation Yellow Bird – the underground network used to smuggle student leaders and others out of China.

A seasoned reporter, Gavin covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, and conducted the first British television interview with Oliver North after the Iran Contra scandal. Having been the BBC’s Washington Correspondent on several occasions, he covered Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, broadcasting from Grant Park in Chicago when Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States.

Gavin has won a string of awards for his documentary and news reports, including an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award. He is known for his effortless interweaving of the stories of ordinary people with the high drama of European politics.

Our Comment

"Gavin has covered many of the most important events in world affairs over the last three decades. On several occasions he has risked his life to report a story, including during the war in Georgia in 2008, when his crew came under fire from a Russian fighter plane. As the BBC's Europe Editor, he gives unique and important insight into the key issues of the Eurozone, the politics of Brussels and the challenges involved in Europe returning to growth."

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