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The multi-lingual former China and business reporter now presents Newsnight having fronted all the main BBC news bulletins. She’s also led feature-length interviews with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump and written a personal examination of the world of broadcast news in Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News.
Newsnight’s lead presenter, and according to The Guardian “arguably the BBC’s sharpest interviewer”, Emily Maitlis is firmly established as one of the broadcaster’s most recognisable news presenters. An award-winning broadcaster, she interviews leading figures of the day from politics, business and culture, and has been a key part BBC election coverage in both the UK and US.
After an early career making documentaries in China, Emily started reporting on business stories for NBC Asia in Hong Kong during the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s. She crossed over to Sky as Business Correspondent before switching to general news and launching BBC London’s new look service. She later moved to Newsnight and has carried out presenting duties on all of the BBC’s main news bulletins.
As well as news programmes, Emily has been a regular and acclaimed documentary maker, with programmes including Expenses: The Scandal That Changed Britain, a look the Parliamentary expenses scandal and the decade-long decline in trust that followed. Her Inside Facebook: Zuckerberg's $100 Billion Gamble brought an exclusive interview with the usually publicity-shy social network founder. In the course of her reporting she has found herself invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its then-owner Donald Trump, drinking wine at Steve Bannon’s house, and sharing unguarded moments with Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.
Away from the newsroom, Emily has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Pointless Celebrities, This Week, and was briefly trapped in a lift with Alan Partridge. She has written for The Guardian, GQ, The Sunday Times and The Spectator, and is the author of Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News which delivers a look at the preparation, skill, surprises, compromises and frustrations that go into broadcast news, and a look at the best and worst of the modern news cycle.
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