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Gavin Hewitt

Chief Correspondent, BBC News 2014-16

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Gavin Hewitt

Chief Correspondent, BBC News 2014-16


Gavin Hewitt is a British journalist and presenter, currently serving as BBC News’ first ever Chief Correspondent. Prior to this appointment, he was BBC News’ Europe Editor (2009-14). As one of the BBC’s most distinguished television journalists, he is widely acclaimed for his breadth of knowledge and expertise.

Based in Brussels, Hewitt has covered the tensions between the EU and the UK and the Eurozone crisis since 2009. His most recent book, The Lost Continent (Hodder Paperbacks, 2013), skilfully weaves together narratives of Europe’s corridors of power and the impact of policy on Europe’s ordinary people.

He has been the BBC's Washington Correspondent on several occasions, and has made three films about President Bill Clinton, including All The President's Women, and The Shaming Of The President. In 2003 he was one of three reporters to use David Kelly as a source for the BBC story claiming that the British Government had "sexed up" a dossier describing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. He later gave evidence on the affair to the Hutton Inquiry.

In 2008 Hewitt covered the United States Presidential Election primaries and Democratic Nominee for President Barack Obama's visit to the Middle East and Europe in the summer of 2008. Hewitt also covered Barack Obama's campaign for President during the autumn of that year, broadcasting from Grant Park when Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States on Tuesday 4 November 2008 working with Senior Producer Ian Sherwood and Picture Correspondent Rob Magee He then also covered Obama's Inauguration on 20 January 2009.

Previously, Hewitt was presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. While working on the programme, he made the acclaimed film, Escape From Tiananmen, which broke the story of Operation Yellow Bird – the underground network used to smuggle student leaders and others out of China.

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