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Ben Brown

Ben Brown has been special correspondent for BBC News since January 1998, working on top stories both at home and abroad.

He is one of the BBC's most experienced war correspondents and in recent months he has also covered major domestic events such as the Queen Mother's funeral and the firefighters' strike.

Ben was born on 26 May 1960 and was brought up in Ashford, Kent. He was educated at Sutton Valance School and Keble College, Oxford.

He then went to the Cardiff Centre for Journalism Studies and received a diploma with distinction.

On the front line

After leaving college he joined Radio Clyde as a reporter and in 1985 he became a reporter for Radio City Liverpool.

Ben Brown joined Independent Radio News in 1986, covering major stories from superpower summits to the Hungerford massacre.

He came to BBC TV News in July 1988 and was a foreign affairs correspondent until 1991, reporting the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War, from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Roving role

In 1991, he was appointed Moscow correspondent, where he witnessed the final collapse of communism and the fall of Mikhail Gorbachev.

He was at the Russian Parliament when troops loyal to President Yeltsin stormed it in 1993. The following year he was in Chechnya for the start of the civil war.

His coverage of that conflict won him several international prizes, including the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year Award and the Golden Nymph Award from the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

In January 1995, Ben resumed his roving role as a foreign affairs correspondent based in London.

He has covered the break up of Yugoslavia extensively, reporting from Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, where his stories helped to secure several awards for the BBC, including a Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Award).

In 2000 Ben won an RTS (Royal Television Society) award for his report from a white farm in Zimbabwe that he was trapped inside whilst it was invaded by armed militants.

In 2001 he won the Bayeux war correspondent award for the second time for his coverage of the intifada in Israel.

Ben is married with three children.

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