Charles Sabine

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Charles Sabine
Charles Sabine in Cape Town, 2009
Born (1960-04-20) 20 April 1960 (age 56)
Rinteln, West Germany
Occupation Television Journalist
Television NBC News

Charles Sabine (born 20 April 1960, British Army Battalion HQ, Rinteln, West Germany), is a television journalist who worked for NBC News for 26 years, before becoming a spokesman for patients and families suffering from degenerative brain disease.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Sabine was educated at Brentwood School, England, then obtained a first class honours degree in Media Studies from Westminster University, where he was tutored by BBC Radio Producer Charles Parker.[1]

He joined NBC in 1982 in London, and became a producer on the “Today” show in New York in 1987.

Sabine has written for British newspapers, including The Independent and Daily Mail, and has appeared regularly as a pundit on newspaper reviews and TV journalism. As a producer and correspondent for NBC, Sabine covered most of the news events of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from 1982 to 2005. (Among them: Iraq, Israel, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Syria, Lebanon, Haiti, South Africa, Rwanda, Zaire, the Soviet Union, Iran, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Northern Ireland, Thailand, Pakistan and India.)[2]


In 2008, Sabine became an advocate for freedom of scientific research, and the victims of degenerative brain illnesses: in particular, Huntington's disease, from which his family suffers.

He has spoken on these subjects at the European and British parliaments, The World Congress on Freedom of Scientific Research, and the Royal Institution in London. Sabine contributed to the drafting of the late Senator Edward Kennedy's last act of legislation—the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA"), designed to protect the rights of individuals with genetic predispositions in the American workplace and in insurance.

Sabine was an active lobbyist in the successful implementation of the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.[3] The 50th Anniversary of Canada's Gairdner Foundation in 2009, attended by 22 Nobel Laureates, was marked by a debate between Sabine and Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner about the future of personalised genomics.[4] In 2009 he was the star guest at the Italian National Telethon, for which a film about him was produced by RAI cinema.[5]

Sabine is a spokesperson for Huntington's disease lay associations around the world, among them:

Sabine is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.[9]

On 30 June 2010, more than a year of campaigning and fundraising in partnership with Sir Michael Rawlins culminated in the launch of an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Huntington’s disease in the UK Parliament. Chaired by Lord Walton of Detchant and supported by more than 40 MPs and Lords, the purpose of the Group is to raise the profile of Huntington’s disease and establish a better methodology for estimating its prevalence, and thus lead to allocation of more appropriate resources for care and research.[10][11][12]

Sabine is Consulting Publisher to the Huntington's disease research news web platform HDBuzz, founded by Dr Jeff Carroll and Dr Ed Wild.[13]

Featured in the 2013 documentary ALIVE & WELL, Sabine discusses his advocacy work to raise awareness of Huntington's Disease.

Family life[edit]

Sabine is married to his former producer, Nicole Bakshi, with whom he has a daughter, Sabrina (nicknamed 'Breezy'), born 2008, and a son, Roman, born 2010. They live in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England.


In 1989 Sabine won the News and Documentary Emmy Award for coverage of the Romanian Revolution.[1]


  • “Hype, Hope and Hybrids; Science, policy and perspectives of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.” (2009)


  1. ^ a b c "Charles Sabine - NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams | NBC News". MSNBC. 2005-10-26. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Charles Sabine - Nightly News". NBC website. 
  3. ^ "Publications | Academy of Medical Sciences" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Charles Sabine". NeuroStemCell. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [2] Archived September 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "HDA Message Board - Powered by vBulletin". Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  9. ^ [3] Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "News". HDA. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  11. ^ "News". HDA. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Is Huntington's disease twice as common as we thought? - HDBuzz - Huntington's disease research news". HDBuzz. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  13. ^ "People - HDBuzz - Huntington's disease research news". HDBuzz. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 

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