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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK

Jill McGivering

Jill McGivering

BBC World Affairs correspondent

Jill McGivering is a BBC foreign news correspondent, specialising in Asia.

Based in London since 2005, she travels extensively across the Asian region (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and China), covering major news stories and carrying out in-depth investigations (including India's Naxalites, sex trafficking and counterfeit drugs in South-East Asia).

From 2004-2005, Jill was the BBC's State Department correspondent, based in Washington. She travelled widely with the then US Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

The posting followed three years based in Delhi as the BBC's South Asia correspondent. She covered stories including the US-led campaign in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pakistan military crisis, sectarian riots in Gujarat, Kashmir and the Indian earthquake.

From 1997 - 2000, Jill was based in Hong Kong as the BBC correspondent for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. She reported on Asia's economic downturn, Hong Kong's first post-colonial years and landmark elections in Taiwan.

Jill has also covered East Timor's violent transition to independence. During this time she won the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award.

Jill joined the BBC in 1992 as a production trainee and was selected for the BBC's fast track induction programme. She established herself first as a senior producer, then as an East Asia specialist with the BBC.

Prior to joining the BBC she worked as a staff features writer for the South China Morning Post, based in Hong Kong.

Jill studied English at the University of London and was born in Otley, West Yorkshire, in July 1964.

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