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Matt Frei
Matt Frei's first job was in the German Section of BBC World Service

Matt Frei is the anchor of BBC World News America, the BBC's first U.S. facing nightly newscast.

Matt Frei anchors BBC World News America from the studio in Washington DC. He interviews newsmakers and leads roundtable discussions featuring expert opinion from commentators and major players.

Prior to taking up this post in 2007, Matt had been the BBC's Washington Correspondent since 2003 reporting on major events including Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Presidential election.

Before arriving in Washington, Matt was the BBC's Asia Correspondent based in Singapore and Hong Kong, taking up his post just before the handover to China. When he arrived in Hong Kong, the forthcoming power change appeared to be heralding a new Asian century, but much of his time was spent covering economic collapse. The most dramatic events took place in Indonesia, but the riots in South Korea, the worst recession in Hong Kong's history and the economic decline in Japan all followed.

Matt's earlier assignments included covering the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the BBC's Bonn Correspondent as well as the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the upheavals in Algeria and Libya while he was South European Correspondent from 1992 to 1996. Closer to his base in Rome, he also covered the battle against the mafia.

Matt has been honored with a number of prestigious awards including the Bayeux Award for War Correspondents (2000) for his coverage of the conflict in Indonesia, a Royal Television Society International News Award (2000) and the Amnesty International Asia Award in both 1997 and 1998 for Newsnight features on Vietnam and Indonesia. He has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for his coverage of the Mozambique floods in 2000 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

Matt is the author of two books, Italy: the Unfinished Revolution (1995) and Only in America (2009).

Matt graduated from Oxford University in 1986 with a degree in History and Spanish, and joined the BBC in the same year. His first job was in the German Section of BBC World Service before he moved to English language Current Affairs from 1987 to 1988.

He is married with four children.

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