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11:02 GMT, Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Jeremy Vine

Panorama presenter Jeremy Vine was brought up in Epsom, Surrey, and studied English at Durham University.

He started his career in journalism at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, then joined the BBC in 1987 having gained a place on the prestigious News Trainee scheme.

As a BBC trainee he worked in the most junior jobs in the newsroom in Northern Ireland, as well as doing research, and making tea, for Joan Bakewell on Heart of The Matter.

Jeremy Vine

When the traineeship ended in 1989 he was taken on as a reporter on Radio 4's flagship news programme, Today.

While on Today he filed reports from all over Europe and the Middle East. He was sent to Tomsk in Siberia to interview an out-of-work ballistics missiles expert, was ambushed in a field outside Osijek, Croatia when war broke out in Yugoslavia and undercover in Russia, tried to buy a MiG fighter jet from an arms dealer. He covered punishment beatings in Northern Ireland, neo-Nazis in Germany, and sheep racing in Dorset.

In 1993, Jeremy became a political correspondent at Millbank, working in John Sergeant's team (alongside fellow political reporters Huw Edwards, Jon Sopel, Mark Mardell and Nick Robinson). It was an extraordinary time: the Tory meltdown and the birth of New Labour.

After the 1997 election Jeremy became the BBC's Africa Correspondent, based in Johannesburg.

Jeremy Vine

He reported on wars in Sudan, Angola and on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border, elections in Algeria and Kenya, Aids in Mali, unrest in the Niger Delta, and conducted one of the BBC's last interviews with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. His 1999 exclusive on South African police brutality resulted in 22 officers being suspended and two convicted.

In 1999, Jeremy became a presenter on BBC Two's flagship Newsnight programme, alongside Jeremy Paxman and Kirsty Wark.

During the 2001 General Election campaign, he travelled the length of Britain in a 1976 Volkswagen camper van sprayed with the Newsnight logo - which Peter Mandelson famously stormed out of in Hartlepool after being asked whether the-then Chancellor Gordon Brown was having a perfect election campaign.

In 2003, Jeremy was offered the lunchtime show on a resurgent Radio 2, taking over from Jimmy Young. That same year he was also the launch presenter of BBC One's Sunday lunchtime Politics Show.

Jeremy Vine chasing Robert Manning

Jeremy became the presenter of Panorama when the programme returned to primetime on Monday evenings in 2007.

As well as being the presenter of the programme, Jeremy also reports for Panorama. Issues he has covered recently include the threat from online paedophiles, the effects of the credit crunch, the police investigation into the abduction, at the hands of her mother, of Shannon Matthews and whether TV is bad for our kids.

Jeremy fronts the quiz show Eggheads and the audience complaint programme Points of View. He also took over the election graphics role from Peter Snow when he retired after 26 years of operating the famous Swingometer and co-presented the 2008 US presidential election.

Jeremy has won a number of awards during his career. They include the Silver Nymph prize at Monte Carlo for his revelations of South African police brutality, an Amnesty International Radio Award for his From Our Own Correspondent piece on a former child soldier he met in Sierra Leone and being name best speech broadcaster at the 2005 Sony Radio Academy Awards.




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