|The Hon. Robert Peston|
|Born||Robert James Kenneth Peston
25 April 1960
|Education||Balliol College, Oxford;
Université Libre de Bruxelles
|Occupation||Journalist, author, news and TV presenter|
|Known for||Business editor of BBC News|
|Spouse(s)||Siân Busby (1961-2012, Deceased)|
|Children||1 son (Maximilian)|
|Relatives||Maurice Peston, Baron Peston (father)
Lady Peston, née Helen Conroy (mother)
Robert James Kenneth Peston (born 25 April 1960) is a British journalist. Since February 2006, he has been the Business Editor for BBC News. He became known to a wider public with his reporting of the late-2000s financial crisis, especially with his scoop on the Northern Rock crisis.
Early life and education 
Peston is the son of economist and later Labour Peer Maurice Peston and Helen (née Conroy). Peston attended Highgate Wood Secondary School, in Crouch End, North London,  graduated from Balliol College, Oxford in 1982 and then studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles after winning a scholarship.
Peston briefly worked as a stockbroker at Williams de Broë becoming a journalist in 1983 at the Investors Chronicle and joining The Independent newspaper on its launch in 1986. From 1989 to 1990 Peston worked for the short-lived Sunday Correspondent newspaper as Deputy City Editor, before being appointed City Editor of the Independent on Sunday in 1990.
From 1991 to 2000, he worked for the Financial Times. At the FT, he was - at various times - Political Editor, Banking Editor and head of an investigations unit (which he founded). During his time as Political Editor he memorably fell out with the then Downing Street Press Secretary Alastair Campbell who regularly mimicked Peston's habit of flicking back his hair and once responded to a difficult question with the words: "Another question from the Peston school of smartarse journalism." His last position at the FT was Financial Editor (in charge of business and financial coverage).
In 2000, he became editorial director of the online financial analysis service Quest, owned by the financial firm, Collins Stewart. At the same time, he became a contributing editor of The Spectator and a weekly columnist for the Daily Telegraph In 2001 he switched allegiance from the Telegraph to the Sunday Times, where he wrote a weekly business profile, Peston's People, and left The Spectator for the New Statesman, where he wrote a weekly column.
In late 2005, it was announced that Peston would succeed Jeff Randall as BBC Business Editor, responsible for business and City coverage on the corporation's flagship TV and radio news programmes, the BBC News Channel, its website and on Radio 4's Today.
While no impropriety on the part of Peston was implied, it was claimed in The Observer on 19 October 2008 that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could enquire into the source of one of Peston's scoops which, in September 2008 in the fraught atmosphere of the global financial crisis, revealed that merger talks between HBOS and Lloyds TSB were at an advanced stage. In the minutes before the broadcast, buyers purchased millions of HBOS shares at the deflated price of 96p; in the hour following it, they could be sold for 215p. The Conservative MP Greg Hands had written to the SFO about this.
On 4 February 2009, Peston appeared as a witness at the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, along with Alex Brummer (City Editor, Daily Mail), Lionel Barber (editor of the Financial Times), Sir Simon Jenkins (The Guardian) and Sky News Business Editor Jeff Randall to answer questions on the role of the media in financial stability and "whether financial journalists should operate under any form of reporting restrictions during banking crises".
On 28 August 2009, Peston had a highly publicised row with James Murdoch, following the latter's MacTaggart lecture. More recently, he has repeatedly broken stories relating to News International's involvement with phone hacking at times which were perceived as advantageous to the company, leading to criticisms that he has become a Murdoch stooge. 
Peston is the founder of Speakers for Schools, a pro-bono education venture to get inspirational speakers, leading figures from business, politics, media, the arts, science, engineering and sports, inter alia, to give talks for free in state schools.
Peston is a past winner of the Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the Year Award (2005), the London Press Club's Scoop of the Year Award (2005), Granada Television's What the Papers Say award for Investigative Journalist of the Year (1994) and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year (1986).
At the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards 2008/09 Peston won both "Specialist Journalist of the Year" and "Television Journalist of the Year" for his coverage of the credit crunch and a string of 'scoops' associated with it. Also, his scoop on Lloyds TSB's takeover of HBOS won the Royal Television Society's "Scoop of the Year" award. He was voted Best Performer in a Non-Acting Role in the Broadcasting Press Guild's 2009 awards and Business Journalist of the Year in the London Press Club's 2009 awards. In the 2008 Wincott Awards, he won the Broadcaster of the Year Award and he won the online award for his blog.
In 2009, he was named Political Journalist of the Year in the Political Studies Association Awards, and he topped polls of the general public and journalists carried out by Press Gazette to find the highest rated finance and business journalist.
Peston's scoop on Northern Rock seeking emergency financial help from the Bank of England won the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Award for Scoop of the Year in the 2007/8 awards and the Wincott Award for Business News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year. He was Journalist of the Year in the Business Journalism of the Year Awards for 2007/08, and also won in the Scoop category.
Peston won the Work Foundation's Broadcast News Journalism Award and the Foundation's Radio Programme of the Year Award (for his File on 4, "The Inside Story of Northern Rock"). His blog won the digital media category in the Private Equity and Venture Capital Journalist of the Year Awards.
Delivery style 
Peston's delivery on radio and television news has attracted comment. The Times, for example, described his style as "ragged and querulous", and more recently "rambling" and "excruciatingly hard to listen to". The Telegraph identifies "strangulated diction" and "repetition of small words" among his traits; in the same article, though maintaining he is "loads better than [he] was", Peston himself conceded he is "still not as polished as some". His characteristic mannerisms have been well-observed by impressionist Rory Bremner. Peston has stated "I am not going to endeavour to become somebody hugely smooth and polished."
Peston published his biography of Gordon Brown Brown's Britain in January 2005. It details the rivalry between Gordon Brown and the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. Brown's Britain was described by Sir Howard Davies, former director of the London School of Economics, as "a book of unusual political significance". The cover of the book describes how "Peston was given unprecedented access to Gordon Brown and his friends and colleagues". Having told Brown's side of the Blair/Brown power struggle, it is believed that Peston has used the relationship then built up with Brown for many of his later financial news story "scoops" at the BBC.
In February 2008, Hodder & Stoughton published Peston's book, Who Runs Britain? How the Super-Rich are Changing our Lives. In The Guardian, Polly Toynbee said of it: "Reading Peston's book, you can only be flabbergasted all over again at how Labour kowtowed to wealth, glorified the City and put all the nation's economic eggs into one dangerous basket of fizzy finance."
His latest book 'How Do We Fix This Mess? The Economic Price of Having it All and the Route to Lasting Prosperity' was published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2012. The Observer described it as 'A must read...mandatory reading for anyone who wants to have a voice in where we go from here', the Financial Times called it 'The book of the film and more...readable and thought-provoking', while the Independent said the book 'Reads like a wildly implausible financial thriller'.
Personal life 
He lives in Muswell Hill, north London. Following a burglary at the property between 2pm and 11pm on Wednesday 19 December 2012, Peston made an appeal via Twitter for the return of rings that had belonged to his late wife (a 1920s platinum and diamond wedding ring, an engagement ring and a plain band given to her by her grandmother). The burglars forced entry via the rear door. 
Having Jewish ancestry and family Peston describes himself as "culturally Jewish".
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- Peston criticised again by The Times Times Online
- Robert Peston Interview The Telegraph
- Bremner, Bird and Fortune: Silly Money The Telegraph
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- Robert Peston - Leave of absence
- BBC biography
- Debrett's People of Today
- Peston's blog on BBC site
- BBC press release about Peston's appointment
|Business editor of BBC News
2006 - present