Alastair Leithead

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Alastair Leithead
Born 21 January 1972
Education University of Manchester
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) BBC News

Alastair Leithead is a British journalist working as a foreign correspondent for the BBC. Leithead is currently based in Nairobi and works across all BBC News outlets.

Early life[edit]

Leithead was born in the south of England to Arthur Leithead, a security manager, and Edna Leithead (née Mooney), a teacher in private education. He was raised in Blaydon-on-Tyne and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.[1] He then went to the University of Manchester to study geography.[2]

Early career[edit]

After leaving University, Leithead worked at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle before joining BBC Radio Newcastle. Later he worked as a news producer in London.

Foreign reporting[edit]

As a foreign correspondent, Leithead has been based in Africa and Asia before moving to Kabul. There he covered the war in Afghanistan. Leithead has reported from a refugee camp in South Sudan. More recently, he has been based in Los Angeles before being re-located to Kenya as the BBC's Africa Correspondent in July 2015.[3]


Leithead won the 2007 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents Television Award for his war reporting. In 2005/6 he was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society's TV Journalism Award, and in 2008 he was shortlisted for a BAFTA for best news coverage.


  1. ^ [1], Giving the gift of education
  2. ^ [2], Why I support RGS Bursaries.
  3. ^ Leithead, Alistair. "Leithead's personal Twitter page". Twitter. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • [3], Alastair Leithead Twitter.