Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis

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Emily Maitlis (born 6 September 1970) is a Canadian-born British journalist and newsreader, currently employed by the BBC.


Raised in Sheffield, she was educated at the local King Edward VII School. A graduate of Queens' College, Cambridge, she speaks fluent Spanish, English, Italian and French, and some Mandarin. - interview, The Guardian, 6 March 2006. Retrieved on 14 July 2007. "Maitlis, who speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and French (and "crap" Mandarin), is no easy touch."Prior to working in news, she was a documentary maker in Cambodia and China. She worked for the NBC network and was based in Hong Kong.

Previously, she spent six years with NBC Asia, initially as a business reporter creating documentaries, and then as a presenter in Hong Kong covering the collapse of the Tiger Economies in 1997. She also covered the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong with Jon Snow for Channel 4. She then moved to Sky News in the UK as a business correspondent, and then to BBC London News when the programme was re-launched in 2001.

She is now one of the main presenters of Newsnight on BBC Two, with Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark and Gavin Esler. She also presents regular relief shifts on the BBC News at One, the BBC News at Five...
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