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Mr Nik Gowing

A lead anchor, journalist and author, Nik Gowing has a fine reputation as a media personality who is always ahead of the curve. Few people have done as much as Gowing to draw attention to the impact of new media technologies on political affairs.

Gowing has extensive reporting experience over three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security and is a much sought-after expert on the failures to manage information in the new transparent environments of conflicts, crises and emergencies. His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is, Skyful of Lies and Black Swans. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories. Gowing was on air for six hours shortly after the Twin Towers were hit in New York City on 11 September 2001. His coverage won the 2002 Hotbird Award.

For 18 years Gowing worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998-2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including vice chair (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012).

In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Exeter University in 2012. In 2014 he has been appointed a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London.

Gowing is a multi award-winning journalist for both his cutting edge study and distinguished career in international journalism.

Mr Nik Gowing

Main Presenter, BBC World News

  • Member, Editorial Board, Harvard International Journal of Press Politics
  • Guest Anchor, HARDtalk & Simpson’s World, BBC
  • Vice-chairman, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005)
  • Member, Council of Chatham House (1998-2004)