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Last Updated: Monday, 1 December, 2003, 10:15 GMT
Gavin Hewitt
BBC special correspondent

Gavin Hewitt became a special correspondent for BBC News at the beginning of 2000.

He has covered the September 11 terror attacks and the Bali bombing for the BBC's Ten O'Clock News and in early 2003 he reported from Kuwait on the build up of American forces there.

In Britain he reported on the Soham murders, the Potters Bar rail crash, the 2000 General Election and the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

Gavin has also reported on Zimbabwe, the Kashmir dispute, the United States elections, floods in Southern Africa and the anti-globalisation riots in Genoa.

Gavin won the Royal Television Society Award in 2001 for his coverage of the Oldham riots and also won the Broadcast Award for England's Shame, an investigation into football hooliganism at Euro 2000.

In September 2002 he wrote and presented the BBC documentary Clear the Skies which told the story of the hours on September 11 when America was under attack.

On several occasions he has worked as the BBC's Washington correspondent.

Gavin joined BBC's Panorama programme as a presenter in 1984 and was in East Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down.

He conducted the first British television interview with Oliver North after the Iran Contra scandal, and later wrote a book about the hostage crisis in the Lebanon.

While working at Panorama, Gavin made a programme which led to the largest investigation into police corruption in this country, a film about the underground network used to smuggle student leaders and others out of China after Tiananmen Square and two programmes about the Kosovo crisis.

Prior to his work at the BBC, Gavin lived in Canada and worked as a correspondent for Canadian television.


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