George is one of the UK’s best loved news presenters and a leading foreign correspondent. He is recognised throughout the industry for his reporting on many of the most significant events of the last decade. He covered the trade in human organs in India; the murder of street children in Brazil; the genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath; the plight of the marsh Arabs in southern Iraq; the civil war in Afghanistan; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa; the effects of Hurricane Mitch on Central America; the Kosovan refugee crisis and the NATO liberation of Pristina.
George Alagiah (George Maxwell Alagiah OBE) worked in print journalism on the South Magazine from 1982 until joining the BBC in 1989, where he was the Developing World correspondent based in London and then Southern Africa correspondent in Johannesburg.
Before going behind the studio desk, George was one of the BBC’s leading foreign correspondents, reporting on events ranging from the genocide in Rwanda, the plight of the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq and civil wars in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia.
In 2000, Alagiah was part of the BBC team which collected a BAFTA award for its coverage of the Kosovo conflict. He has won numerous awards including Best International Report at the Royal Television Society in 1993 and Amnesty International’s Best TV Journalist award in 1994.
He was the presenter of BBC Four News from its launch in 2002; the programme was later relaunched as The World. and in January 2003 he joined the BBC News at Six, which he co-presented with Sophie Raworth until October 2005, and with Natasha Kaplinsky until October 2007.
Since 3 December 2007, he has been the sole presenter of the Six O’Clock News. Prior to that, he had been the deputy anchor of the BBC News at One from 1999. From the 3 July 2006, he presented World News Today on BBC World News, which was rebranded GMT on the 1 February 2010.
A specialist on Africa and the developing world, Alagiah has interviewed, among others, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
From 2002-09 George Alagiah was a patron of the Fairtrade Foundation. He has also been actively involved in supporting microfinance as a tool for development, including recent appearances in support of Opportunity International. He has been a patron of Parenting UK since 2000.
His appearances at literary festivals include Cheltenham, Keswick, Hay-on-Wye and London, and he has spoken at the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and at the Royal Overseas League. He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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