Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.For three years in the mid-seventies,...
Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
For three years in the mid-seventies, Jeremy Paxman was based in Northern Ireland, where he covered the Troubles for the BBC. In 1977, he joined the ‘Tonight’ programme, for which he was a roving reporter. This was followed by five years as a reporter on ‘Panorama’, where assignments took him frequently to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.
Since 1989 he has anchored Newsnight (nightly, BBC2). For several years, he also presented Start The Week on BBC Radio Four. He became chairman of University Challenge in 1994. He has written widely for newspapers and magazines. Documentaries include “Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale” and in 2009 a four-part series on narrative painting, “The Victorians”. He is currently filming a series for BBC1 on the Empire, to be broadcast in autumn 2011.
His books include “A higher form of killing” (with Robert Harris), “Through the volcanoes: a Central American journey”, Friends in high places”, “Fish, fishing and the meaning of life”, and the best-sellers “ The English”, “The Political Animal”, “on Royalty” and “The Victorians”.
His charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education. In his spare time, he goes fly-fishing. He is an honorary fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and a Fellow by Special Election of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.