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Emily Maitlis

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Emily Maitlis
Emily Maitlis Reporting from Leadership Debate Bristol 2010.jpg
Maitlis in April 2010
Emily Maitlis

(1970-09-06) 6 September 1970 (age 48)
EducationKing Edward VII School
Queens' College, Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, newsreader
Notable credit(s)
BBC News
BBC News at Five
BBC News at One
Spouse(s)Mark Gwynne

Emily Maitlis (born 6 September 1970) is a British journalist, documentary-maker and newsreader for the BBC. She presents BBC Two's news and current affairs programme Newsnight and covers elections for the BBC in UK, US and Europe. In January 2014, she became acting political editor of Newsnight when she temporarily replaced Allegra Stratton who took maternity leave until later that year.


Maitlis was born to British parents in Canada but raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, where she was educated at the King Edward VII School. Her first occupation was as a trainee hairdresser. A Cambridge University graduate who studied at Queens' College, she speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and French, as well as some Mandarin.[1] Prior to working in news, she was a documentary maker in Cambodia and China. She worked for the NBC network and was based in Hong Kong.

Previously, she spent six years with NBC Asia, initially as a business reporter creating documentaries, and then as a presenter in Hong Kong covering the collapse of the tiger economies in 1997.[2] She also covered the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong with Jon Snow for Channel 4.[3] She then moved to Sky News in the UK as a business correspondent, and then to BBC London News when the programme was relaunched in 2001.

During 2005, Maitlis appeared as the question-master on the game show The National Lottery: Come And Have A Go. She has also presented BBC Breakfast, and from May 2006 until July 2007, she presented STORYFix on BBC News, a light-hearted look at the week's news set to up-beat music.

In July 2007, Maitlis was appointed as a contributing editor to The Spectator magazine, an unpaid post. This had been approved by her immediate boss, the head of BBC Television News Peter Horrocks, but the decision was subsequently overturned by his superior, the BBC News director Helen Boaden.[4]

In 2012, Maitlis presented the US 2012 programme on BBC One and the BBC News Channel alongside David Dimbleby, when US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were fighting to the presidency for the US. In 2016, she began presenting a news discussion programme called This Week's World on BBC Two late afternoon on Saturdays.

Maitlis is one of the main presenters of Newsnight on BBC Two, with Evan Davis and Kirsty Wark. She also presents relief shifts on the BBC News channel, including the BBC News at Five, and may occasionally present the BBC News at One which is also broadcast on BBC One. Maitlis was a regular presenter on BBC News during 2006, joining as part of a new line-up in April to present alongside Ben Brown from 7 pm to 10 pm during the week, but was replaced by Joanna Gosling when she went on maternity leave. On Maitlis' return, she began presenting Mondays 2 pm–5 pm alongside Jon Sopel until 2013, and currently Simon McCoy on Mondays.

Personal life[edit]

From a Jewish family, Emily Maitlis is the daughter of Professor Peter Maitlis, FRS, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, and Marion Maitlis. She is married to Mark Gwynne, an investment manager, whom she has referred to as "my Catholic boy". They have two children.[5][6]


During 2002, it was reported that Maitlis had been stalked for over a decade by a former platonic university friend, Edward Vines. The man would appear at her place of work. He admitted harassing Maitlis and was sentenced to four months' imprisonment, but he was released because of the time he had spent on remand, although a restraining order was imposed.[7]

In September 2016, the same man was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for breach of a restraining order in respect of Maitlis.[8] In January 2018, Edward Vines was jailed for 3 years and 9 months for breaching a restraining order forbidding him to contact Maitlis.[9] He admitted two charges of breaching the restraining order by sending two letters to Maitlis and emails and letters to her mother in 2015.[10][11]

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  1. ^ "'Flirtation, seduction and betrayal'", – interview, The Guardian, 6 March 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2007. "Maitlis, who speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and French (and "crap" Mandarin), is no easy touch."
  2. ^ "Emily Maitlis" Archived 22 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine. – profile, "BBC Newsnight", 30 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Emily Maitlis: A lot of front", Archived 19 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine. – profile, The Independent, 19 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  4. ^ Stephen Brook "BBC criticised for 'Vicky Pollard management'", The Guardian, 11 July 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2007.
  5. ^ "My week: Emily Maitlis" Archived 27 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine. The Observer, 7 May 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2007
  6. ^ "My Jewish Moments: Emily Maitlis". The Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  7. ^ "BBC newsreader stalker walks free". BBC News. 19 September 2002. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  8. ^ Gayle, Damien; Quinn, Ruth (5 September 2016). "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for three years". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 September 2016.
  9. ^ Rawlinson, Kevin (16 January 2018). "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for breaching restraining order". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for breaching restraining order". The Guardian. 16 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ "BBC star Emily Maitlis' harasser sentenced". BBC News. 16 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

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