Early and personal life
Rupert was educated at Bishop Luffa C of E Comprehensive School in Chichester, England. He studied a BA in South East Asian Studies at the University of Hull and an MA in Far Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He spent two years studying Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei where he met his Japanese wife. They married in 1994. They have three children.
Rupert has worked for the BBC since 1999. He was the BBC Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2006. In 2007 he moved to be the BBC Moscow correspondent. In 2010 he was appointed the BBC Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem. During his time in the Middle East he covered the revolution in Tunisia, the fall of Mubarak in Egypt and the Libyan civil war.
During the Tahrir Square protests he was detained in Cairo, by the secret police. He was the first BBC correspondent to enter Tripoli after the fall of GaddafiLibyan civil war. The convoy he was travelling in was ambushed by pro-Gaddafi militia during the fighting in Tripoli. He covered the Bahraini uprising.
On 10 October 2012 the BBC announced the appointment of Rupert Wingfield-Hayes as its Tokyo correspondent. Wingfield-Hayes will be based in the Tokyo bureau from October 2012 and will report across the BBC’s news services, including the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World News in addition to news services within the UK.
- "BBC News appoints Rupert Wingfield-Hayes as Tokyo correspondent". BBC. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.