Caroline Hawley

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Caroline Hawley (born 1967, Nigeria) is a British journalist who has been a Special Correspondent for the BBC News channel since 2007.[1]

Hawley is a daughter of British diplomat Sir Donald Hawley.[2] She was educated at Wycombe Abbey School, an independent school for girls in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, followed by Oxford University where she studied Arabic and Persian.

Hawley began her career in journalism on Newsweek as the magazine's Jerusalem correspondent from 1991 to 1994.[1] She joined the BBC in 1994 working for the World Service as a newsroom journalist, before being posted to Cairo in 1999 and Jordan around 2001.[3] While the BBC's Baghdad correspondent, she was expelled from Iraq in 2002, but returned to the country after Saddam Hussein was removed from power the following year. She was appointed the BBC Middle East correspondent at the beginning of 2006.

In recent years, she has reported on stories for the BBC's Newsnight programme including an investigation into the sale of fake bomb detectors such as the ADE651 and GT200 to Iraq and other countries. That investigation led to a ban on UK exports of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and Afghanistan. On 23 April 2013, Jim McCormick, the founder of the company which made the ADE651, was convicted of three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey in London, and was subsequently sentenced to ten years imprisonment.[4] The owner of the company which made the GT200, Gary Bolton, was also convicted on 26 July 2013 on two charges of fraud and subsequently jailed for seven years.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Biographies: Caroline Hawley: Special Correspondent, BBC News Channel", BBC Press Office, July 2008
  2. ^ Obituary: Sir Donald Hawley, The Times, 15 February 2008
  3. ^ "Caroline Hawley: BBC Middle East correspondent", BBC News, 27 April 2006
  4. ^ Booth, Robert (2 May 2013). "Fake bomb detector conman jailed for 10 years". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gary Bolton guilty of selling fake bomb detectors". BBC News. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ McDermott, Kerry (20 August 2013). "Businessman who sold 'useless' £5 fake bomb detectors for £10,000 has been jailed for seven years for fraud". Daily Mail. London.