Ben Wright (journalist)

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Ben Wright
Born Birmingham, England
Education King Edward VI Five Ways
University of Oxford
Occupation Journalist

Ben Wright is Washington Correspondent for BBC News, the main newsgathering department of the BBC, and its 24-hour television news channels BBC World News and BBC News Channel, as well as the BBC's domestic television and radio channels and the BBC World Service. He was formerly Chief Political Correspondent for BBC Radio 4, having been appointed to the position in March 2012. He became Washington Correspondent in December 2012.

Early life[edit]

Wright, the son of former Labour MP and Public Administration Select Committee chairman Tony Wright, and his wife, Moira Phillips, was born in Birmingham.


Wright was educated at the voluntary-aided grammar school King Edward VI Five Ways in Bartley Green, Birmingham, and St Peter's College, Oxford, where he read Modern History.


Prior to being appointed a BBC political correspondent in March 2008, Wright had worked on a number of programmes, including The World at One, Today, PM, and The Daily Politics. Wright was appointed political correspondent along with Iain Watson as replacements for the departing James Hardy and Guto Harri. He has worked extensively for the BBC, covering stories around the world, including India, the United States and mainland Europe. Wright currently focuses primaily on issues relating to British politics.

Personal life[edit]

His long term girlfriend is Poppy Mitchell-Rose, a former BBC and Reuters employee, special adviser (2010 to 2012)[1] to Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne[2][3] and associate board director of Freud Communications.[4]


External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Gary O'Donoghue
Chief Political Correspondent: BBC Radio 4
2012 – 2012
Succeeded by
Gary O'Donoghue