Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman is considered by many to be the most outstanding British journalist of his generation. He is famous for his forthright interviewing style and witty sense of humour. Jeremy has received numerous broadcasting awards, twice winning the Richard Dimbleby Award, Bafta’s most prestigious award for current affairs. A household name in the UK, he combines a no-nonsense style when interrogating politicians on Newsnight which he anchored from 1989 to 2014. He presents with a much lighter touch on University Challenge, a quiz show for university students.

News reporter

Since starting his career at the BBC in 1972, Jeremy Paxman has worked for the most successful news programmes including Tonight, Panorama and Newsnight. As a foreign correspondent he has covered conflicts in Lebanon, Uganda and Central America. He began his career for the BBC covering the Northern Ireland conflict, before reporting from around the world for eight years. In 1989 he became host of BBC Newsnight, a role which defined his career and made him a household name for 25 years. He has chaired University Challenge since 1994. In May 2015 and in June 2017 he anchored Channel 4’s election night coverage.


Jeremy Paxman has interviewed almost every prominent British politician over the last two decades, as well as many very prominent international figures. He is a highly respected conference host and facilitator. Using his unique skills and experience, he brings his high energy style to the role and is superb at keeping the conference focus on track.

Television documentaries

Jeremy is the author of numerous documentaries and documentary series – on the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain. He has presented current affairs documentaries for BBC1 Paxman on Brussels: Who Really Rules Us? also Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided Americaand Trump’s First 100 Days as well as a four part series for Channel 4 about British rivers in 2016/17. Jeremy presented Have I Got News For You for the first time in April 2018.

Jeremy Paxman Author

A graduate of Cambridge University, Jeremy is the author of more than ten books. he has published books on British history and politics, among them: “Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?” (1991), “The English: A Portrait of a People” (1999), “On Royalty” (2006) and “Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British” (2011). Also the The Victorians; Empire – What Ruling the World Did to the British. Great Britain’s Great War was published in October 2013.


Jeremy was born in Yorkshire, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree in English from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is an honorary fellow there, and a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He holds honorary doctorates from Leeds, Bradford and the Open University.

Theatre show

Jeremy’s 2014 one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a critically acclaimed sell-out.

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