Gavin Esler

Gavin Esler

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Gavin Esler (born 27 February 1953 in Glasgow) is a Scottish author and BBC television presenter, currently one of the four main presenters on BBC Two's flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight.


Esler was educated at the independent George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. He later gained a BA in English and American literature from the University of Kent and a further MA in Anglo-Irish literature with distinction from the University of Leeds. He first entered journalism on the Belfast Telegraph and has two honorary degrees, including a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury.


Esler joined the BBC in 1977 as Northern Ireland reporter, and extended his role upon joining Newsnight in 1982. Esler was then made Washington correspondent and later chief North America correspondent for the BBC, in charge of shaping coverage across the whole continent for the corporation, and covering both the earlier George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. His report on the military build up in the Aleutian islands as part of the Reagan administration's New Maritime Strategy earned him a Royal Television Society award.

Esler's journalistic credentials extend further across the globe, however: he has reported for news and documentary programmes across Europe, Russia, China and North and South America. In 2007 he won a Sony Gold Award for his radio documentary report on Sami......
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