Ben Brown | Facilitator | Journalist
Ben Brown is the presenter of the peak time evening news programme on BBC News 24 Weekdays 7-10pm with Emily Maitlis. Previous to this Ben spent some twenty years on the road as one of the BBC's most Senior Foreign Reporters. He continues to travel extensively, presenting for BBC news on the big stories and disasters across the globe.
"Ben’s footage and words were extremely well received and I was bombarded with calls today saying how moved people were by the images and how they really connected with Aid Assist's objective of keeping the message alive. On behalf of the entire Aid Assist team, I would like to say a big thanks for making our launch event a big success."
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Ben joined the BBC in 1988, after a career in commercial radio - at Radio Clyde in Glasgow (1982), Radio City in Liverpool (1983-5), and then Independent Radio News in London (1985-88). In 1991, he was appointed Moscow Correspondent for the BBC, where he interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev before the Soviet leader resigned. Ben also reported from the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo as the former Yugoslavia broke apart in a wave of bloodshed and ethnic cleansing. And he spent a good deal of time in Africa, covering the genocide in Rwanda.
In 2000, while reporting on the seizure of white farms in Zimbabwe, Ben had perhaps his closest shave: he got trapped inside one farmhouse, while a mob of scores of armed militants were outside trying to smash their way in. His report won him a Royal Television Society Award.
In 2003, he was embedded with British troops as they invaded Iraq and seized Basra. More recently Ben reported on a spate of natural disasters, including the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the Pakistan earthquake.
Ben was educated at Keble College Oxford, where he took a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; and University College Cardiff, where he did a diploma in Journalism Studies. He has written a book on the first Gulf War, called All Necessary Means and is currently writing a novel about reporters on the road.
He has hosted seminars for the London Business School and given speeches for the Royal British Legion. In 2005 Ben gave the Keynote address for the Work Directions UK Annual Conference.CORPORATE Funeral Directors Disaster Management Conference – Host, 2006London Business School - various seminars, 2005/2006Royal British Legion – Speaker, 2005 Tour of English Universities (on behalf of the BBC) – Speaker, 2005, 2005 Work Directions UK annual conference - Keynote address, 2005
TELEVISION Evening News 7-10pm - BBC News 24, Co-Presenter, 2006-Ongoing BBC News – Senior Foreign Reporter, 1988-2006
RADIO Independent Radio News – Presenter, 1985-1988Radio City Liverpool – Presenter, 1983-1985Radio Clyde – Presenter, 1982
AWARDS2001 Royal Television Society Award for his report on seizure of white farms in Zimbabwe2001 Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year Award for his report on the Palestinian intifada1995 Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year Award for coverage of war in Chechnya1995 Silver Nymph from Monte Carlo for coverage of war in Chechnya