‘Angry politics in the age of Disruption’
Gavin Hewitt is a prominent writer and broadcaster.
He was the BBC’s Chief Correspondent from 2015 – 2017 and during that time he covered the Trump campaign in the United States. Before that he was the BBC’s Europe Editor from 2009 – 2015 and wrote the book ‘The Lost Continent’ on the crisis in Europe.
In 1984 Hewitt joined the BBC’s Panorama as a presenter and was in East Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down. He conducted the first British television interview with Oliver North after the Iran Contra scandal, and later wrote a book about the hostage crisis in the Lebanon. While working at Panorama, Hewitt made “The Case Of India One” which led to an investigation into police corruption. He also made the film “Escape From Tiananmen”, which broke the story of Operation Yellow Bird – the underground network used to smuggle student leaders and others out of China.
In 2008 Hewitt covered the United States Presidential Election primaries and Democratic Nominee for President Barack Obama’s visit to the Middle East and Europe in the summer of 2008. Hewitt also covered Barack Obama’s campaign for President during the autumn of that year, broadcasting from Grant Park when Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States on Tuesday 4 November 2008 working with Senior Producer Ian Sherwood and Picture Correspondent Rob Magee He then also covered Obama’s Inauguration on 20 January 2009.
Gavin Hewitt has won a Royal Television Society award, a Bafta and an Emmy.
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