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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Jon Leyne
Jon Leyne
BBC Amman correspondent

Jon Leyne was appointed the BBC's Amman correspondent in July 2004.

Prior to this he was the BBC's State department correspondent based in Washington from June 2001.

Jon joined to BBC in 1985 and from 1992 to 1994 he was the BBC's UN correspondent in New York.

Jon has also worked in Kosovo, Belfast and reported extensively from the Middle East.

He was in Israel for the early part of the current intifada, witnessing the attack on two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, which played a decisive role in stalling the peace process.

Jon was in Washington on 11 September 2001, barely a mile from the Pentagon when it was hit and has since reported on America's response to the attacks.

As State department correspondent he has travelled throughout the world with US secretary of state Colin Powell, including trips to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Israel.

He has also reported on other American issues including the popularity of so-called mega-churches with American churchgoers.

Jon has covered rowing for the BBC, including providing commentary on the British rowing success at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

He studied at Exeter University and did an M Phil at Oxford University, specialising in the international response to terrorism.


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