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Guest editor: Ann Leslie

Dame Ann Leslie

In her long and distinguished career, Ann Leslie, the doyenne of British foreign correspondents, has reported from more than 70 countries, covering coups, civil conflicts and wars from El Salvador to the Philippines, Russia, Africa, the Balkans, China and the Middle East.

Born in Pakistan and educated at assorted convents and Oxford, she joined the Daily Express in 1962, where she was a columnist and interviewer of innumerable celebrities ranging from Marlene Dietrich to Robert Graves, David Niven and Salvador Dali.

Before becoming a foreign correspondent she wrote for the Mail on political and social issues. She witnessed from the East German side the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Mandela's release from prison in 1990, and the failed 1991 coup against the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

A regular broadcaster, Dame Ann has won nine British Press Awards and three Lifetime Achievement awards.

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