Barbara Serra

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Barbara Serra
Born Barbara Serra
(1974-08-19) 19 August 1974 (age 41)
Milan, Italy
Education London School of Economics
City University, London
Occupation Journalist, news presenter
Notable credit(s) Sky News, BBC Radio 4, Five News, Al Jazeera
Barbara Serra at the Italian Cultural Institute 2015

Barbara Serra (born 19 August 1974) is an Italian-born British-based broadcast journalist and TV newsreader, currently working for Al Jazeera English.

Early life[edit]

Serra was born in Milan, with Italian parents. Her father came from Sardinia and her mother from Sicily. However, from the age on nine, she was raised in Copenhagen in Denmark.

As a result of this upbringing she is multi-lingual. She has a native grasp of Italian, near-native English and Danish, plus fluent French.


In 1993, she moved to the UK to study International Relations at the London School of Economics. She then trained as a journalist through the well-known route of a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the City University, London.


BBC Radio

Serra's journalistic career started at the BBC, as a researcher. Her early career was in radio.

She spent three years working as a producer/presenter for BBC London News and produced on Radio 4's Today programme. She regularly presented EuroNews on BBC Radio Five Live. Her most challenging on-air moment was having to improvise a 5-minute radio bulletin without any scripts due to a technical mishap.

Sky News

In 2003, she joined Sky News as a reporter, working on both domestic and international assignments. Serra covered a wide range of stories, from the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome, to the Michael Jackson trial in California.


In July 2005, as part of a Sky News deal to deliver Five News, she became presenter of the evening News on four nights on Five.

Al Jazeera English

Serra left Five News in April 2006, to join Al Jazeera English as part of its launch-team, based in its London office.[1] From London, she has reported on news events across Europe and has served as a news-reader and anchor. She now works primarily as a London anchor on the flagship programme Newshour, but has also presented the programme People & Power. In addition, she presented a programme called Streetfood Palermo.


In September 2007 she started co-presenting on Italian state TV RAI, on a weekly programme called TV Talk from the Al Jazeera studios in London.


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