Mr Jeremy Paxman (SPK02254)
- United Kingdom
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Jeremy Paxman is a thought-provoking and stimulating speaker and chairperson renowned for his quick wit and dry sense of humour. His ability is to negotiate any number of topics during an address with consummate ease and no shortage of flair.
Having graduated with a degree in English from Cambridge, where he edited the university newspaper, he worked in local radio for a short time before moving to Belfast in 1974. During three years in Northern Ireland, he became the first full-time television current affairs reporter in the province specialising in investigative work. In 1977 he moved to London where he worked as a reporter on 'Tonight' and on the documentary series 'The Bear Next Door', a programme about the problems of countries bordering the Soviet Union.
In 1979 he became a reporter on 'Panorama' where his assignments took him around the world. During this time he wrote, with Robert Harris, 'A Higher Form of Killing', an acclaimed history of chemical and biological warfare. In the early 80s he reported for 'Panorama' from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Israel, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Poland, India, Northern Ireland and, frequently, from the United States. His investigation into the mysterious death of the Italian banker, Roberto Calvi, 'Called to Account', won the Royal Television Society award for international current affairs.
It was while travelling in El Salvador researching for his book on Central America, 'Through the Volcanoes', that he received a call inviting him to present the new 'Six O'clock News' with Sue Lawley and Nicholas Witchell. In the summer of 1985, he became the presenter of 'London Plus', moving to 'Breakfast News' on its re-launch in November 1986.
Jeremy has received numerous broadcasting awards, twice winning the Richard Dimbleby Award, Bafta's most prestigious award for current affairs. Jeremy has a unique interviewing style and is known for his in depth probing and questioning of politicians on Newsnight, which he anchored from 1989 - 2014. He also presented Start The Week on BBC Radio Four and became chairman of University Challenge in 1994.
As a journalist, Jeremy has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, he has also written several books including:
• A Higher Form of Killing
• Through the Volcanoes: A Central American Journey
• Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?
• Fish, Fishing and The Meaning of Life
• The English: A Portrait of a People
• The Political Animal: An Anatomy
His popularity in chairing and facilitating conferences is unequalled, with his experience and skills, high energy and focus, Jeremy is quite simply one of the best.
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