19 August 1974
|Education||London School of Economics
City University, London
|Occupation||Journalist, news presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||Sky News, BBC Radio 4, Five News, Al Jazeera|
In 1993, she moved to the UK to study International Relations at the London School of Economics. She then trained as a journalist through the well-known route of a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the City University, London.
- BBC Radio
Serra's journalistic career started at the BBC, as a researcher. Her early career was in radio.
She spent three years working as a producer/presenter for BBC London News and produced on Radio 4's Today programme. She regularly presented EuroNews on BBC Radio Five Live. Her most challenging on-air moment was having to improvise a 5 minute radio bulletin without any scripts due to a technical mishap.
- Sky News
In 2003, she joined Sky News as a reporter, working on both domestic and international assignments. Serra covered a wide range of stories, from the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome, to the Michael Jackson trial in California.
- Al Jazeera English
Serra left Five News in April 2006, to join Al Jazeera English as part of its launch-team, based in its London office. From London, she has reported on news events across Europe and has served as a news-reader and anchor. She now works primarily as a London anchor on the flagship programme Newshour, but has also presented the programme People & Power. In addition, she presented a programme called Streetfood Palermo.
In September 2007 she started co-presenting on Italian state TV RAI, on a weekly programme called TV Talk from the Al Jazeera studios in London.
- Al Jazeera International announces Barbara Serra AME Info, 3 April 2006