BBC Political Editor
Women in journalism
Recent UK politics
Laura Kuenssberg is the current Political Editor for BBC News. She is the first woman to ever hold the position, and her probing interview style, social media presence, and clear and concise reporting and writing have made her a household name in the UK, and earned her admiration and enmity from both sides of the political spectrum.
Laura has worked in broadcast journalism for multiple decades, beginning her career in the United States, where she studied at the time, working on political programs for NBC. Laura’s career at the BBC began in 2000 as a local reporter for the North East and Cumbria regions, and saw her become Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News before she left the corporation in 2011 to work as ITV’s Business Editor. Laura returned to the BBC in 2013 as the Chief Correspondent for the flagship program, Newsnight.
Laura’s career has seen her cover a particularly turbulent period of British, and global, politics. The Financial Crisis, the coalition government, the Obama and Trump campaigns and presidencies, the buildup to the Iraq war, and Brexit are just some of the tumultuous and divisive topics that Laura has covered in her time as a broadcast journalist. Her work has been recognised and honoured by the industry. In 2016 she received both Journalist of the Year award, and a Broadcaster of the Year award for her work covering Brexit.
A prolific user of social media, Laura believes that her most important role as a journalist lies in translating the intricacies of government to people across the country. Her Twitter account has over 60,000 followers and gives appraisals and analysis of breaking news in real time.
Laura has covered some of the most polarising, controversial, and turbulent movements in recent British politics during her long and storied career. Her ability to translate the labyrinthine workings of Parliament to audiences up and down the UK has made her one of the nations’ most trusted and respected journalists, and her political insights and analyses would benefit any business attempting to navigate the intricacies and uncertainties of British politics.