Hugh Pym

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Hugh Pym
Born (1959-10-18) 18 October 1959 (age 57)
Nationality British
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford;
Falmouth University
Occupation Journalist
Employer BBC
Known for Health editor of BBC News
Spouse(s) Susan Neill
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter

Hugh Ruthven Pym (born 18 October 1959) is a British journalist and author. He is the Health Editor for BBC News.

Early life and education[edit]

Hugh Pym was born in 1959. He was educated at Marlborough College, an independent school in Marlborough, Wiltshire. He went on to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1981. He undertook post-graduate study in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth University and graduated Master of Arts (MA).[1]

His great-grandfather was Walter Pym, a bishop, and hence his great-uncle was Leslie Ruthven Pym, a Conservative MP, whose son was Francis Pym, Baron Pym, who was notably Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs during the Falklands War. His grandfather was Leslie's brother Thomas Wentworth Pym, a vicar.

Life and career[edit]

A financial and political journalist Pym has been one of the leading commentators on the banking crisis and the British economic recession. He now works for the BBC. Pym was a BBC radio journalist from 1986 to 1987, then producer of Business Daily at Channel 4, 1987–1988, correspondent with ITN, 1988–1998, and a freelance broadcaster with Sky Television in 1999-2000. He was a BBC special correspondent covering Economics until 2008, when he took on the role of acting Economics Editor during the maternity leave of Stephanie Flanders. Following her return, he became the BBC's Chief Economics Correspondent, a newly created role. When she left the BBC in late 2013 he took over again as Acting Editor. In March 2014 he was appointed as Health Editor.

Pym has published four books: What Happened? And Other Questions About the Credit Crunch (co-author with Nick Kochan), A Study Of Gordon Brown's First Year in Office as Chancellor of the Exchequer (also co-written with Nick Kochan). In the 2001 General election Pym stood as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in the North Wiltshire constituency. His latest book is Inside the Banking Crisis (published by Bloomsbury 2014).

Personal life[edit]

Hugh Pym is married with three children and is an Elder in the Church of Scotland.



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Media offices
Preceded by
Stephanie Flanders
Acting Economics editor of BBC News
2013 - 2014
Succeeded by
Robert Peston
Preceded by
New Position
Health Editor: BBC News
2014 -
Succeeded by