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Jane Corbin
Jane Corbin
Jane points to Saddam Hussein's bunker

Jane Corbin was educated at King's College, London.

She started in television as a reporter for Thames, Granada and ITN.

As a correspondent on Channel 4 News she covered events in India, Africa, the Far East, Europe and the US - reporting (among other stories) on the '84 US elections, the Gandhi assassination, famine in Africa, riots in Korea, and the Angolan civil war.

Jane joined the BBC at the beginning of 1988 as a reporter on 'Panorama'. She was the first UK reporter to film widely in Cambodia ('In The Shadow Of The Killing Fields', 1988) and reported on the BNP in Panorama: Under the Skin in 2001.

But in the last few years Jane has concentrated her investigative skills on the Middle East - in particular making many programmes about Saddam Hussein and the threat from Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terror network.

One of her most recent investigations saw her piece together the story of the capture of Saddam Hussein and the killing of his sons. A story told with remarkable access to the US forces in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda expert

Jane Corbin
Jane Corbin reports in Afghanistan in 2001

Since 2001 Jane has investigated Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terror network, building on her long experience and expertise in this field to provide real insight and authority amongst the welter of coverage that followed the attacks on America.

She is now regarded as one of the foremost commentators on al-Qaeda.

Recent landmark films include "The World's Most Wanted" in Setpember 2001. This film combined the cataclysmic events and footage of September 11th with reports from eyewitnesses and victims families, including those who had received calls from Flight 93, with solid information on Bin Laden¿s terror network.

"The Hunt for Bin Laden", shown in June 2002, covered the war on terror with exclusive access to US and British forces in Afghanistan.

Jane travelled through Afghanistan to reveal how Bin Laden escaped at the battle of Tora Bora and how the terror network began to reform using Pakistan as a base.

The programme was widely shown around the world and was entered for a number of film and journalism awards.

Saddam's weapons

Jane Corbin and Tariq Aziz
Jane Corbin meets former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz

Jane Corbin has also written a book "The Base: In search of al-Qaeda" was published in the summer of 2001 in the UK, the United States (entitled Al-Qaeda) and in Europe. It is the product of five years researching and investigating the terror group for the BBC.

In 2003 Jane investigated the Bali bombings and the link between the bombers and al-Qaeda.

With exclusive access to video in which terrorists in South East Asia planned large scale attacks, Jane interviewed a number of senior figures in the region, including the President of the Philippines and the Foreign Minister of Australia. Panorama also tracked down al-Qaeda's man in Indonesia and spoke to his wife.

She also completed three investigations in Iraq. The first centred on her exclusive access to the UN weapons inspectors as they searched for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Jane tracked down Dr Rihab Taha, known as Dr Germ and she agreed to be interviewed for the first time ever by a journalist.

In April 2003 Jane covered the war in Basra with access to British forces and presented the first eyewitness accounts from Iraqis inside the city who lived through the war.

In November 2003 Jane's hard hitting six month investigation into the hunt for the elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was broadcast. With exclusive access to the secretive Iraq Survey Group Jane detailed the frustrating task of searching for the weapons and the lack of progress.

Watch entire Panorama on Kosovo: The Valley of the Dead

In 1999 Jane completed three programmes on the war in Kosovo including the first in depth investigation of atrocities in the villages of western Kosovo.

She has also presented 'The Money Programme' and has made programmes about the Commonwealth and the Ministry of Defence for the BBC's Political Documentaries Unit.

Jane has also presented and reported editions of BBC2's "Correspondent" including an investigation of corruption in Pakistan under Benazir Bhutto's government, and a recent special programme from the Balkans.

Jane Corbin has four times won a Royal Television Society journalism award - in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1994, the latter for 'The Norway Channel'. Jane has won other television awards and been nominated several times for an EMMY for best investigative international journalism

Jane lives in London and is married with two children.

SEE ALSO:
Shamed
12 May 04 |  Panorama
Saddam on the run
09 Mar 04 |  Panorama
Who is winning the war?
21 Mar 04 |  Panorama
Terror - Are We Next?
16 Mar 04 |  Panorama
Still Chasing Saddam's Weapons
11 Nov 03 |  Panorama
The Battle for Basra
16 Apr 03 |  Panorama
Al-Qaeda strikes back
17 Feb 03 |  Panorama
Chasing Saddam's weapons
31 Jan 03 |  Panorama
Tackling Saddam
26 Jan 03 |  Panorama
The Case Against Saddam
20 Sep 02 |  Panorama
The Hunt for Bin Laden
04 Jul 02 |  Panorama
Under the Skin 25 November 2001
11 Nov 01 |  Panorama


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