Stephen Sackur

Stephen Sackur

A journalist, BBC presenter and 2010 international TV personality winner.

During his varied career he has lived with Hezbollah guerrillas in South Lebanon, interviewed former U.S. president George W. Bush and undertaken numerous other challenges in the name of journalism. Currently a presenter of the BBC's current affairs show 'HARDtalk', Sackur has interviewed many of the world's most prominent figures.

Videos of Stephen Sackur

One-on-One: Jean-Claude Trichet with Stephen Sackur - 42nd St. Gallen Symposium
BBC HARDtalk - Mikhail Gorbachev - President of the Soviet Union
Talk 360 with Stephen Sackur part 1

Speaker Profile

About Stephen Sackur

Known for his candid interviews with some of the worlds most prominent figures on the BBCs internationally renowned HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur is a top current affairs presenter with many years of experience. As a journalist and an expert with insight, he regularly contributes to political shows on BBC Radio 4 and writes for a number of publications.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements, Honours

  • Nominated for 'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' - Sony Radio Awards (2013)
  • International TV Personality of the Year' - Association for International Broadcasting (2010)
  • Presenter - BBC HARDtalk (2004 present)
  • Chief Europe correspondent - BBC (2002 - 2005)
  • Washington correspondent - BBC (1997 - 2002)


Sackur was born in Lincolnshire. A capable student, he first attended Cambridge University and then went on to study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Prior to working in his current role, he spent three years as the BBC's Chief Europe correspondent. Known as a straight talker and a fearless interviewer, he is also an exceptional speaker, bringing his unique style and in-depth knowledge of political and social matters to clients of all sizes, from all industries. He was the first correspondent to bring news of this occurrence to the wider world and it had a major impact on him. Feeling that he had more to share about the things he had seen and that the public needed to know more, he wrote the critically acclaimed book On The Basra Road in 1991. In 2003, Sackur became one of the first reporters to present reports concerning mass killings during the regime of Saddam Hussein following the dictators death.


Having worked as a BBC News journalist since 1986, Sackur has built a solid reputation in his field and is much applauded for his early work as Foreign correspondent and then as Middle East correspondent. In these roles he reported on major events, including the reunification of Germany, the death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Gulf War and Basras infamous mass killing.

Current/Past Roles and Positions

  • Journalist
  • Presenter of BBC HARDtalk
  • Friday presenter of GMT on BBC World News
  • Former Chief Europe Correspondent for the BBC between 2002 and 2005

Speaking Style

Professional, knowledgeable and insightful, Stephen Sackur's knowledge of current affairs and his ability to communicate his experiences in a thought provoking way make him an exceptionally talented speaker.

As a speaker, Sackur is able to share the insight and experiences he has gained during his varied and interesting career. He can inspire, educate and move his audience and his professional yet human manner is well suited to moderating and chairing.

Speaking Topics

  • Current Affairs
  • Chairing & moderating
  • HARDtalk


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Books By Stephen Sackur

On the Basra Road: Scenes from the Gulf War (1991)

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