Alistair Edward Julian Bunkall is Defence Correspondent for Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television, part of British Sky Broadcasting. He has occupied this position since October 2011 and reported from many conflicts around the world including Afghanistan and the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq.
Bunkall was educated at Sherborne School, a boarding independent school for boys, in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset in South West England, followed by the University of Bristol in the city of Bristol, also in South West England. He took a Post Graduate Degree at the City University in Central London, in 2004.
Life and career
After leaving Sherborne School, Bunkall gained work experience at the Dorset Echo, a local daily newspaper. While still at the University of Bristol, he worked for BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset Sound. After completing his Post Graduate Degree at City University in London in 2004, he joined BBC News, and reported for the BBC One O'Clock News. He also worked in two ITV regions: ITV Central and ITV Thames Valley, and for the CKNW radio station in the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada.
Bunkall joined Sky News as a general news reporter in 2007. He has reported extensively from Westminster, including on the MPs' Expenses Scandal of 2009.
He has also reported from Sudan in the run-up to the crucial elections leading up to Independence, and on the Norwegian twin terror attacks in early 2011.
Bunkall also reported from Denmark after the attempted assassination of a Danish cartoonist.
During his time as Business Correspondent for the channel, Bunkall reported from around Europe on the Eurozone crisis.
In 2014 he was deployed to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to report on the multi-national humanitarian relief effort.
He became Sky News Defence Correspondent in December 2012. He has reported on the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan. He has broken many stories including the news that the UK was sending military resources to help the French mission in Mali. He was also the first journalist to report that Oman had agreed a lucrative deal with BAE for the sale of Typhoon aircraft.
Bunkall is married to Kate, a journalist for ITV News. They live in London with one child.
- Sky News - Biographies - Alistair Bunkall Sky News Press Office online Created: October 2011. Retrieved: 17 November 2011.
- Dorset police in riot call up The Dorset Echo newspaper online. Created: 10 August 2011. Retrieved: 17 November 2011.
- Q and A with Alistair Bunkall TV Newsroom.co.uk Created: May 2009. Retrieved: 17 November 2011.
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