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Laura Kuenssberg

The BBC's Political Editor


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About Laura Kuenssberg


Background / History

Born in Italy, Kuenssberg spent much of her childhood in Glasgow before studying history at the University of Edinburgh. She then moved to Washington D.C., where she attended Georgetown University, this time studying journalism. During this time in the USA, Kuenssberg also worked on a political programme for NBC News.

Back in the UK, Kuenssberg began working on local TV and radio channels in Edinburgh and then moved on to become a reporter for the Channel 4 News. She joined the BBC in the year 2000 and excelled in her role as a home affairs reporter BBC North East and Cumbria News. She eventually became the BBC News Chief Political Correspondent and also reported on the BBC News Channel, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, the Daily Politics and the Today programme. It was whilst at the BBC that she was awarded a Royal Television Society Award for Home Affairs Reporting and that her talent, dedication and skill became widely recognised. Her work reporting and analysing the formation of the UKs coalition government was met with acclaim, further enhancing her reputation. Kuenssberg's decision to move to ITN in 2011 was in part due to her desire to help to keep the public informed of business matters during difficult financial times, something that the role of Business Editor would enable her to do.

Popular with viewers and seen as a trusted source of information, Kuenssberg has become successful on Twitter, keeping more than 60,000 followers updated on breaking news stories.

Career

She had joined ITV News as Business Editor in 2011, becoming the first to occupy the newly created role. Responsible for the analysis of both national and international business news, Kuenssberg has excelled in the position, and also in her role as a business correspondent for the Tonight programme on ITV News. Her dedication to her job has seen her found the ITV News Business Club, of which she is the business editor.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Chief correspondent and presenter on BBC's Newsnight programme
  • Former Business Editor of ITV News
  • Business correspondent on the Tonight programme
  • Founder of the ITV News Business Club
  • Former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Royal Television Society Award - Home Affairs Reporting
  • Founder - ITV News Business Club (2012)
  • Former Chief Political Correspondent - BBC News

Speaking Style

Formal and informal

Laura was recruited back to the BBC as chief correspondent and presenter for their flagship Newsnight programme in late 2013 after 3 years at ITV news as Business editor. Known for her coverage of the formation of the UK's 2010 Coalition Government, Obama's presidential campaign, the precursors to the war in Iraq and recent enlargements of the European Union, Kuenssberg has become one of Britain's most trusted providers of national and international news analysis. She is the BBC's Political Editor - the first woman in the role - having previously been recruited as chief correspondent and presenter for the BBC's Newsnight programme

Speaking Topics


  • Conference moderating and chairing
  • Insight into UK/Euro zone economy
  • Current affairs
  • Business news

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