Broadcast Journalist & Presenter, UK
Gavin Esler is an author and award-winning broadcaster with the BBC.
He is currently a presenter on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs program, Newsnight, as well as hosting Dateline London and numerous other programs, including Hardtalk.
He won a Sony Gold Award for his Radio Four Program Letters from Guantanamo, an investigation of the position of those held without trial in the so-called War on Terror. He has also won a coveted Royal Television Society Award for his reporting in the United States, and has recently completed a radio documentary series for BBC World Service and BBC Radio Four, The Clinton Years.
Gavin has interviewed numerous leading heads of state and government, as well as actors, artists and performers from around the world in his work.
He is also a frequent contributor and columnist on newspapers and magazines, most notably The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, the Spectator, the New Statesman and The Scotsman.
For eight years he was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent based in Washington. Hr coordinated BBC coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings, and was accredited to cover the presidencies of George H W Bush and Bill Clinton as a White House correspondent. He has also reported on international affairs from all over the world including the Brazilian rainforest, the Aleutian Islands, Russia, the Middle East and China. He is the author of the book The United States of Anger an examination of the discontent within the United States directed towards the political system, plus a series of novels including “A Scandalous Man” (2008) and “Powerplay” (2009.)
Gavin Esler is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of Kent at Canterbury.