Reflections: Jeremy Bowen
In association with the BBC College of Journalism, the Frontline Club is bringing top journalists who are expert in their field and craft, to talk about their stories and the journalism that have shaped their careers.
In the second of this inspiring new series Vin Ray, director of the BBC College of Journalism, will be in conversation with BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.
The BBC’s Middle East editor since 2005, Jeremy Bowen is a seasoned correspondent who has reported from over 70 countries, covering conflicts in the Gulf, Gaza, Afghanistan, Somalia, Rwanda, Chechnya, Iraq and Kosovo.
On the road for much of his career, Jeremy Bowen was the BBC’s Midle East correspondent from 1995 until 2000.
It was while covering the pullout of the Israel Defence Forces from Lebanon in May 2000 that Jeremy Bowen’s colleague, the driver and fixer Abed Takkoush was killed by mortar fire.
Jeremy Bowen subsequently spent two years as presenter of Breakfast on BBC One, during which time he also presented BBC documentaries including Son of God, Moses and a programme on the 60th anniversary of Israel.
Jeremy Bowen joined the BBC in 1984 as a news trainee, working in the radio newsroom and as a television news correspondent before becoming Geneva correspondent for Radio News in 1987.
Named best news correspondent at the New York Television Festival in 1995, Jeremy Bowen also won the Royal Television Society Breaking news report the following year for his coverage of the assassination of Israeli prime minsiter Yitzhak Rabin and in 2004 won a Sony Gold award for his reporting on the arrest of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Vin Ray is the director of its new College of Journalism and former deputy head of newsgathering for the BBC