Stephen Sackur is the presenter of BBC HARDtalk which is broadcast on BBC News 24 and BBC World. Prior to this, he spent 15 years as foreign correspondent covering the first Gulf war to 9/11. Stephen offers a world of experience in U.S. and foreign affairs news coverage and his warm, yet no nonsense style is highly valued in the corporate market.
Stephen Sackur is presenter of HARDtalk, the current affairs interview programme on BBC World and the News Channel. His interviewees have included the heads of NATO and OPEC, Shimon Peres, Gore Vidal and Richard Dawkins to name but a few.
Before moving to BBC News 24 and BBC World flagship current affairs interview programme, he was based in Brussels for three years as the BBC’s Europe Correspondent.
Prior to that he was BBC’s foreign affairs correspondent. He was part of the BBC’s team of correspondents covering the Gulf War and spent eight weeks with the British army when the conflict began. He was the first correspondent to break the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait City, marking the end of the war. He wrote a book about his experiences – On The Basra Road – named as one of the Books of the Year by The Spectator magazine. Whilst working as a correspondent for BBC Radio, he was a witness to the last days of communism, reporting on the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia and the re-unification of Germany.
In 1992 Stephen became the BBC’s Middle East correspondent based in Cairo and moved to Jerusalem in 1995. During this time he reported on the death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the emergence of the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat. Whilst preparing for a documentary on Islamic fundamentalism, Stephen lived with Hezbollah guerrillas in South Lebanon for two weeks.
In 1997 to 2002, Stephen was appointed as the BBC’s Washington correspondent. During this time he covered the scandal surrounding former US President Bill Clinton and his subsequent impeachment trial, the 2000 US presidential elections and has interviewed US President George W Bush.
In 2003, Stephen returned to Iraq just after the fall of Saddam Hussein and filed the first television pictures on Iraq’s mass graves containing the bodies of thousands of victims of Saddam’s regime.
He was born in Spilsby, Lincolnshire and studied at Cambridge University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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