Alastair Leithead

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Alastair Leithead
Born 21 January 1972
Education University of Manchester
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) BBC News

Alastair Leithead is a British journalist working as a foreign correspondent for the BBC. Leithead is currently based in Los Angeles and works across all BBC News outlets.

Early life[edit]

Leithead was born in the south of England to Arthur Leithead, a security manager, and Edna Leithead (née Mooney), a teacher in private education. He was raised in Blaydon-on-Tyne and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.[1] He then went to the University of Manchester to study geography.[2]

Early career[edit]

After leaving University, Leithead worked at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle before joining BBC Radio Newcastle. Later he worked as a news producer in London.

Foreign reporting[edit]

As a foreign correspondent, Leithead has been based in Africa and Asia before moving to Kabul. There he covered the war in Afghanistan. He is now based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He recently reported from a refugee camp in South Sudan


Leithead won the 2007 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents Television Award for his war reporting. In 2005/6 he was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society's TV Journalism Award, and in 2008 he was shortlisted for a BAFTA for best news coverage.


  1. ^ [1], Giving the gift of education
  2. ^ [2], Why I support RGS Bursaries.

External links[edit]

  • [3], Alastair Leithead Twitter.