Jon Snow is known for his clear communication style for being direct when his role necessitates it. His experience and knowledge make him an ideal choice for numerous events and he is sure to intrigue and educate his audience.
Snow began working for ITN in 1976, and in 1983 became their Washington correspondent, a role which he remained in for three years before becoming Diplomatic Editor. This experience and his natural ability meant that Snow was an obvious choice for Channel 4 in 1989, when they required a presenter for the Channel 4 News. Early in his journalistic career, Snow was asked to supply information about his colleagues and their affiliations to the British intelligence services, who wanted information about Communists and left-wing people working in television. He refused despite the fact the job would have more than doubled his income at the time, a move which was an early indication of his honesty and integrity. Since these early days, Snow has become of the most trusted faces of UK news.
Known for his love of colourful socks and ties almost as much as for his exceptional journalistic and news reading skills, Snow is outspoken in his refusal to wear symbols which advertise his views whilst working. He has been criticised for refusing to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, but will not compromise his beliefs about what presenters should and shouldn't wear. He described the criticism he received as poppy fascism. Not afraid to speak his mind, Snow has also courted controversy by discussing taboo topics, including torture in Guantanamo Bay and Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan. In 2003 he questioned Alistair Campbell (who was then Director of Communications and Strategy under Tony Blair) about the dodgy dossier without any preparation.
Snow has worked on radio as well as the television; in 2002, he presented Jon Snow Reports on Oneword Radio, and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's famous Desert Island Discs. He writes for Channel 4's News website and on Snowblog, his own blog on which he shares his insights, experiences and opinions. His interest in and knowledge relating to world news and politics and his ability to communicate effectively has led to Snow presenting several documentaries. One of these, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields (2011) is considered a ground-breaking current affairs film. It was awarded a Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Award (2010/2011), two One World Media Awards (2012) and was nominated for a Best Current Affairs Documentary BAFTA Award. The chilling programme horrified the viewing public, human rights groups and governments around the world, as did its sequel Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, which was also presented by Snow and broadcast in 2012.
Snow studied at Ardingly College and St Edward's School, leaving when he was 18 to spend a year as a volunteer teacher in Uganda. He decided to try and better his A-Level qualifications when he returned to the UK, so studied at Yorkshire Coast College before gaining a place at the University of Liverpool to study Law. Whilst a student, he became increasingly interested in political matters and took part in a protest concerning apartheid. This led to Snows suspension from the university but clearly demonstrated his conviction in his beliefs and his refusal to keep quiet concerning matters of importance traits which have since cemented his place in journalistic history.
Snow was offered an OBE but declined as he feels that taking an award from people who he has to discuss during his job may make it appear as though he has compromised his integrity
Testimonials for Shooting History: A Personal Journey: "He's much more than a newsreader. He understands what's happening and he provides intellectual underpinning. We know what he stands for and relate to it and trust him as a man." -The Observer
Testimonials for Shooting History: A Personal Journey: "Snow is the closest thing we have to a modern-day George Orwell. A vivid, accurate, hones guide to the key world events from 1975." -The Independent
Testimonials for Shooting History: A Personal Journey: "Pacy, candid and anecdote-laden, Snows account of a childhood spent in awe of his father is a delight." - The Daily Mail