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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|
Early life 
Born in Milan to Italian parents (father from Sardinia, mother from Calabria), Serra was raised in Copenhagen from the age of nine. As a result, she is multi-lingual, with a native language of Italian, secondary languages of English and Danish, and is fluent in French.
In 1993, she moved to the UK to study International Relations at the London School of Economics, and then trained as a journalist via a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.
Journalism career 
Serra's journalistic career started at the BBC, where she worked her way up from a researcher, spending three years working as a producer/presenter for BBC London News, produced on Radio 4's Today programme and 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.
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.
Serra left Five News in April 2006, when it was announced that she had joined Al Jazeera English as one of its London-based news presenters. She reports on news events from across Europe, and presents the programme People & Power and presented 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