Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning journalist, author and television presenter.
He began working for the BBC in 1972 and has been the presenter of Newsnight, University Challenge and many BBC documentaries on various subjects including the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain.
For three years during the mid-seventies, Jeremy was based in Northern Ireland, where he covered The Troubles for the BBC.
In 1977, he joined the Tonight programme, for which he was a roving reporter. This was followed by five years as a reporter on Panorama, where assignments took him frequently to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.
Between 1989 and 2014 he anchored Britain’s premier news analysis programme, Newsnight, nightly on BBC Two.
For several years, he also presented Start the Week on BBC Radio Four. In 1994 he became chairman of University Challenge.
In March 2015, he interviewed David Cameron and Ed Miliband in the run-up to the General Election which he anchored for Channel 4.
Born in Yorkshire in 1950, Jeremy Paxman was educated in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St. Catharines College, Cambridge.
As an author his books include:
- A Higher Form of Killing (with Robert Harris)
- 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
- On Royalty
- Royal Television Society: Award for International Current Affairs, 1985.
- Voice of the Viewer and Listener: Award for best contribution to Television, 93 and 97
- BAFTA: Richard Dimbleby Award, 1996 and 1999.
- Royal Television Society: Interview/Presenter of the Year 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2007.
- Broadcasting Press Guild: Award for best TV Performer in a non-acting role 1997
- Variety club: Media Personality of the Year, 1999
Jeremy Paxman is available to facilitate conferences, host award ceremonies and as a guest speaker.