James Robbins

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For the American epidemiologist and biostatistician, see James Robins.

James Robbins (born 19 January 1954) is the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent, a post he has held since January 1998. He previously served as its Southern Africa Correspondent (from 1987 to 1991) and its Europe Correspondent (from 1992 to 1998). He led the BBC's coverage of 9/11, making the first report on that evening's BBC Ten O'Clock News, a report lasting over 7 minutes. He is a regular contributor to BBC news programmes.


Robbins was educated at Eversley Preparatory School, Southwold, Westminster School, an independent school for boys in central London, followed by Christ Church at the University of Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), before joining the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1977. At Oxford, he edited Isis magazine.

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