John Irvine (journalist)
|Born||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Notable credit(s)||ITV News|
Irvine was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After attending Campbell College, he went on to study journalism at the College of Business Studies, graduating in 1983. Before joining ITN in 1994, he worked for the Tyrone Constitution and UTV.
In 2001 Irvine moved to the Middle East, where he was based in Jerusalem and covered the Israeli Army's occupation of Ramallah. From there he moved to Iraq to cover the 2003 Invasion. It is for this coverage that he is most well known, broadcasting nightly reports for ITV News from Baghdad during the intense aerial bombardment. Irvine won the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award in 2003 for his coverage of the invasion. He was the first foreign correspondent to greet the arriving US Army.
Following the war, he transferred to Bangkok, where he was ITV's Asia Correspondent. He was then appointed ITN's Washington Correspondent and lived in Washington DC with his wife and two children.
On 26 December 2004 Irvine was holidaying on Koh Yao island in Phuket with his family when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake hit. Although unhurt, Irvine, along with his wife, Libby, and their two young children, Elizabeth and Peter, were washed 50 m inshore by the tsunami.
In January 2010 he reported from Haiti immediately after the horrific earthquake that levelled Port-au-Prince with a huge loss of life. He was one of a number of reporters rotated by ITV news. In the same year he reported from Iceland covering the story of the volcanic ash cloud. He is currently ITN's International correspondent covering stories from Latin America and Africa.