In 1973, Aleksandr Gurnov became a correspondent for the Russian national newspapers Pionerskaya Pravda and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1980, and in the same year he became the editor, author and presenter of a weekly political programme on State TV and Radio Broadcasting of the USSR. In 1984 he did military service in Ethiopia. He was awarded with the Defender of Russia state award in 1991 and two years later, in 1993, he was the Bureau chief of Russian Television in London. He has also worked on the Russian Sports channel. Gurnov was a head of the Russian television news agency TSN,on Moscow's TV-6. In 2006, he participated in an online interview with, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as a representative of the website Yandex. Today, he presents the "Spotlight" programme on the international Russian television network, RT.
Aleksandr Gurnov likes watching television, drawing, playing tennis and doing mountain skiing. He speaks English, Russian, French and Amharic. He is married and has a seven-year-old son.