Corera studied modern history at St Peter's College, Oxford, followed by graduate studies in US foreign policy at Harvard University. He then worked on the re-election campaign of President Bill Clinton.
Corera joined the BBC in 1997 as a researcher and later became a reporter. He worked on Radio 4's The World Tonight, BBC2's Newsnight, and worked in the US as the BBC's State Department correspondent and as an analyst for the BBC's coverage of the 2000 US presidential election. In 2001 he became the foreign reporter for Radio 4's Today program. He was appointed BBC News' security correspondent in 2004.
Corera wrote The Art of Betrayal - Life and Death in the British Secret Service, Orion 2011 about MI6 and Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network, September 2006. ISBN 0-19-530495-0, about Abdul Qadeer Khan and Pakistan's nuclear programme.
He wrote the introduction to Omar Nasiri's book Inside the Jihad: My Life with al Qaeda, a Spy's story.
- BBC press office biography
- Biography from the BBC's Today programme
- MI6: A Century in the Shadows, BBC website
- Audio discussion with Gordon Corera, ABC New South Wales, Australia
- Journalisted - Articles by Gordon Corera