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Jeremy Paxman is a charismatic award-winning journalist, author and television presenter. He started his career covering the Northern Ireland conflict before reporting from around the world for the BBC. In 1989 he became host of BBC Newsnight, a role which defined his career and made him a household name for 25 years. He has been chairman of University Challenge since 1994.
He is the author of numerous documentaries and documentary series – on the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain.
In March 2015, he interviewed David Cameron and Ed Miliband in the run-up to the General Election which he anchored for Channel 4.
His 2014 one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a critically acclaimed sell-out.
Jeremy was born in Yorkshire, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is an honorary fellow there, and a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He holds honorary doctorates from Leeds, Bradford and the Open University.
He is the author of ten books, including The English – Portrait of a People; The Political Animal; On Royalty; The Victorians; Empire – What Ruling the World Did to the British. Great Britain’s Great War was published in October 2013.
He is a contributing editor at the Financial Times and his charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education.
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