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Meet the Panorama team

Panorama has a core team of reporters. Some of the BBC's best correspondents and presenters also make occasional films for Panorama.

Panorama reporter Jane Corbin
Jane Corbin

Jane Corbin

I've always loved travelling. I was four days old when I made my first plane trip! And working on Panorama has given me a fantastic opportunity to be in the front row as history is being made around the globe as well as in the UK.

I started in television as a reporter for Thames, Granada and ITN and then I worked as a correspondent for Channel 4 News.

I joined the BBC at the beginning of 1988 as a reporter on Panorama and was the first UK journalist to film widely in Cambodia.

In 1999 I worked on three programmes about the war in Kosovo and carried out the first in depth investigation into atrocities in the villages of western Kosovo.

In the last few years I've concentrated my investigative skills on the Middle East to make programmes about Saddam Hussein and the threat from Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terror network.

I travelled through Afghanistan with exclusive access to US and British forces.

I investigated the link between the Bali bombers and al-Qaeda, managed to track down al-Qaeda's man in Indonesia and spoke to his wife.

In Iraq I persuaded Dr Rihab Taha, known as Dr Germ, to be interviewed for the first time by a journalist.

I covered the war in Basra and was able to get the first eyewitness accounts from Iraqis inside the city who lived through the war. In 2006 I returned to follow the same British forces as the city slipped out of their control.

I made a hard hitting six-month investigation into the hunt for the elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with exclusive access to the secretive Iraq Survey Group. I detailed the frustrating task of searching for the weapons and the lack of progress.

And in 2006 I revealed the story of a real-life Dr Strangelove. The Pakastani scientist who ran a clandestine supermarket for nuclear technology which could enable Iran to build the Bomb.

I've written a book called The Base: In Search of al-Qaeda after five years of researching and investigating the terror group for the BBC.

I have also presented the BBC's Money Programme, made films for the BBC's Political Documentaries Unit and presented and reported editions of BBC Two's Correspondent.

I've won four Royal Television Society journalism awards and been nominated several times for an Emmy for best investigative international journalism.

Panorama reporter Shelley Jofre
Shelley Jofre

Shelley Jofre

Life as a Panorama reporter since 2000 has given me a unique opportunity to pursue investigations that really matter.

I have been given the space and resources to unravel an international drug company scandal that fundamentally questions how much faith we should put in the medicines we take.

The first film I made about GlaxoSmithKline's best-selling antidepressant, Seroxat, generated an unprecedented viewer response; a staggering 65,000 people rang the BBC helpline after the programme.

I was able to continue digging away at the story in three further films. These have resulted in a complete rethink of the drug's safety and effectiveness as well as an overhaul of the way patients report side effects from any prescription medicine.

The films won a Mental Health Media Award for Public Impact and were shortlisted for the Royal Television Society Awards in 2003.

I have also exposed a catalogue of errors in Britain's oldest branch of forensic science, fingerprinting.

My investigation has been instrumental in the quashing of one man's conviction for murder and the granting of an appeal for another man convicted of burglary, as well as a reorganisation of Scotland's largest fingerprint bureau and a Scottish parliamentary inquiry.

I most enjoy the diversity of places the job takes me to. From grilling crack dealers and fertility doctors to interviewing violent young men in prison about their crimes. Life is never boring.

I have also worked as a reporter for the BBC on The Culture Show, the Money Programme, Frontline Scotland and Newsnight.

I live in Glasgow with my husband and daughter.

Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon
Paul Kenyon

Paul Kenyon

As an investigative journalist, my aim is to uncover corruption, hypocrisy and injustice amongst the rich and powerful.

If we don't keep an eye on them no-one does because they're the people who make the rules.

I'm originally from Bury in Greater Manchester and used to visit Gigg Lane every weekend to witness my team's inevitable humiliation.

My first job was a trainee reporter in Hull where I rushed around Humberside, with a suitcase-sized phone, filing reports on local politicians. I remember confronting John Prescott about some thorny local issue and him wrestling me off a train (the train wasn't moving).

I then moved to the BBC as a journalist for GLR, the local station for London, where amongst other things I produced James Whale. Once a listener called in to say he'd set fire to James's house. James ran out of the studio whilst on air, leaving me to take over. The call was a hoax.

Then the serious stuff. Political Reporter for BBC radio, Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC South, News Correspondent at BBC Television Centre. And then I was given my own series on BBC One, Kenyon Confronts.

It was four years of undercover filming and racing around the world confronting corruption. Most memorable was faking my own death in Haiti to expose a life insurance fraud but the most rewarding was uncovering a child abuse scandal amongst Catholic priests in the UK.

Later, I began specialising in foreign investigations for BBC Two's This World. I travelled to Iran and was the first journalist to film their secret nuclear bases. We were detained for two days but had already managed to smuggle the tapes out. Our documentary was shown around the world.

The following year in India I exposed the role of western pharmaceutical companies using the poor and illiterate as human guinea pigs. The twist was that the patients themselves didn't know they were being experimented on.

I made my first Panorama in May 1999, and am now proud to be working full time on the most prestigious current affairs programme in the land.

Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe
Raphael Rowe

Raphael Rowe

I joined the BBC as a reporter for the flagship radio news programme Today in 2001.

Born and brought up in South East London my tone, style and accent caused a stir for the traditional Radio 4 listener.

But then my path to becoming a reporter has been remarkable and unique.

In 1988, aged 19, I was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery I did not commit.

In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed my wrongful convictions and I was freed.

After a year travelling the world I returned to the UK determined to become a reporter.

During my years in prison, against the odds, I studied journalism through a correspondence course. I am self-educated on the criminal justice system.

My campaign for justice was high profile so I myself have been the subject of many stories from broadcast and print journalists. My perspective is from both sides of the coin.

I specialise in investigations but I have experience reporting on domestic issues, for both television and radio.

I've never entered myself for awards so I don't know if I'll ever win one but I'm sure I've made journalistic history being the first person of mixed race, complete with dreadlocks, to report for the BBC on Today, the Six O'Clock News and now Panorama.

I have a good list of stories behind me but if pushed I'd say I'm most proud of my report into the heroin trade from Afghanistan to Britain, my exposť of the exploitation and routes used by terrorists to smuggle conflict diamonds, and human tragedies born from wrongs within the criminal justice system.

Also my three part investigation that revealed the UK's first criminal underworld rich list and my investigation for Panorama into the murder of Jill Dando.

My interests include socialising and sport but most importantly chilling out with family.

I believe that current affairs and news moves the world on. Without it civilization would be less the wiser.

Panorama reporter John Sweeney
John Sweeney

John Sweeney

John Sweeney says there are three rules in journalism. First, find a crocodile. Two, poke it in the eye with a stick. Three, stand back and report what happens next.

If it's a sodden log you'll be quite safe. If it's a crocodile you've got a story.

Sweeney started out life as a worm on the Sheffield Telegraph and fell to Fleet Street where he worked for The Observer for more than a decade.

In 2001 he joined the BBC, and has helped free or clear the names of seven men and women falsely accused of child killing by questionable expert evidence.

In 2006 he gave evidence against six Serb former army and police commanders accused of mass murder at The Hague.

He has won a number of awards from people who should know better.

Panorama reporter Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

I defected from ITV's This Week programme more than a quarter of a century ago with longer hair and flared trousers and joined Panorama.

It had always been my ambition to sail on the flagship and I continued to do so through most of the eighties, sometimes through politically rough seas, until I disembarked to present BBC Two's Brass Tacks from Manchester and then Public Eye from London.

Into the nineties I made a series of documentaries, including films on Bloody Sunday and the Maze prison, and then concentrated on making authored series including States of Terror, True Spies, and my Irish trilogy, Provos, Loyalists and Brits.

I've continued in this vein and after 9/11 completed a BBC Two trilogy on Al Qaeda and Islamist extremism.

I've always regarded Panorama as home and over the years have returned to make occasional programmes including recent specials on the London 7/7 bombings and the Stockwell shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

I enjoy coming back as I know I will be working with colleagues out of the top drawer of television journalism.

I'll be working with Panorama's new Editor, Sandy Smith, with whom I made the BAFTA nominated Brighton Bomb and my recent series, The New Al Qaeda.

Much of my work over almost 40 years has been about the Irish conflict, terrorism and the intelligence services and I've written seven books around the subject. But I've also covered many other domestic and international issues.

I've won many awards for my work including an OBE (2002) and six Royal Television Awards including Journalist of the Year (2003).

My documentary SAS: Embassy Siege won the John Grierson Award and was a BAFTA nominee.

Panorama presenter and reporter Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine

My first paid job in journalism was as a trainee on the Coventry Evening Telegraph.

In my opening week there I went to court to cover the case of a man who attacked a woman in the park.

He ran up to her shouting "I want sex" and she fought him off with a shoe.

Next day I wrote the article with the top line, "A Coventry court heard today how a man ran up to a woman in the park shouting I WANT SEX."

The news editor put a red line through my copy saying it wasn't a story because everyone wanted sex. The story was that she fought him off with the shoe.

That fundamental lesson in journalism got me into the BBC as a news trainee.

Arriving at the same time as John Birt, but not in a senior enough position to be seriously frightened, I was a Today programme reporter; political correspondent at Westminster; Africa correspondent in Johannesburg in the late nineties; then the third presenter on Newsnight.

I was relieved of that post after crashing the Newsnight van, a 1970s Volkswagen sprayed with the programme logo, during the 2001 election.

I joined Radio 2 to replace Jimmy Young and was named Speech Broadcaster of the Year in 2005.

Then someone from Panorama rang me ...

Panorama reporter Vivian White
Vivian White
Vivian White

Panorama is a programme you would pay to go and work for but don't tell our employers that. Its job is to find out what's really happening and not what seems to be happening.

When you tell people from whom you are seeking information that you are from Panorama, it's often clear from their reactions that that's exactly what they think the programme's job is too.

I first reported a Panorama in 1988, but I've worked elsewhere in between. My background is that I've been a television researcher and producer, radio reporter for LBC/IRN, television reporter for Granada TV and Channel 4's A Week in Politics and I've presented the BBC's Sunday political programme, This Week, Next Week.

I specialise in not specialising in any particular subject. The pleasure of Panorama for me is the chance to report, variously, on Guantanamo Bay, NHS Hospitals, what British Muslims feel and Eastern European immigration to the UK.

One Panorama in 2001, Condition Red, won me a Medical Journalism award, which was very pleasing.

What do I enjoy most about Panorama? Meeting people, on the road, and learning from them. It's a highly educational job for us.

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