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His industry awards include a gold medal from the New York TV awards, for his reporting from Afghanistan. The first British journalist to enter Iraq with coalition troops during the 2003 invasion, Brazier’s documentary, Brothers in Baghdad, was later shortlisted at the Monte Carlo television festival. He was the first journalist to enter Southern Lebanon with Israel forces in 2006.
In 2014 he was Sky's sole nominee in the Royal Television Society Awards Presenter of the Year category for his work in Nairobi during the Westgate shopping mall siege and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
In 2016 he won an Emmy award in New York and was nominated for a BAFTA for his presentation of the migrant crisis in Europe. The Emmy award judges specifically cited his live anchoring when rioting broke out on the Serbian/Hungarian border.
A former newspaper reporter and foreign correspondent, Brazier has written extensively about family life. In 2013 his book Sticking Up For Siblings, based on his experiences as a father of six young children, won positive reviews in publications ranging from The Daily Telegraph to The Guardian. The book, which encourages parents to reconsider the merits of larger families, was debated on the BBC Today programme, Radio 5 Live, ITV Daybreak and BBC Breakfast.
At university Brazier studied English literature, being awarded a first, but rather than taking a commission as an infantry officer with the Green Howards regiment, he instead became a journalist at the Yorkshire Post. He latterly worked at The Observer, before moving to the BBC, then ITV, joining Sky in 1997. There his beats have included politics, the royals and several foreign postings.
An enthusiastic sportsman, Brazier is a member of the Lord's Taverners, a charity which aims to improve the fortunes of underprivileged young cricketers. He has made several appearances as a newsreader in movies, including the Bourne Legacy in 2012.
In July 2014, following the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Brazier was filmed tampering with the contents of a victim's luggage. Widespread media criticism and calls for Brazier's resignation ensued. As of 21 July 110 complaints about Brazier's behaviour had been submitted to Ofcom. In an article published in the Guardian on 22 July 2014, Brazier apologised, admitted that his actions were "a serious error of judgment", and explained the context of his mistake.