James Coomarasamy

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James Coomarasamy is a British presenter on BBC World Service programme Newshour.

Before joining Newshour in 2010, Coomarasamy spent a year presenting the now defunct programme Europe Today. Prior to moving behind the microphone he had been a BBC correspondent in Warsaw, followed by Paris then Washington, D.C. before returning to Europe.

Early life[edit]

Coomarasamy was born in London to parents of English and Sri Lankan ancestry.


Coomarasamy was educated at Christ's Hospital School, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), near Horsham, West Sussex, followed by the University of Cambridge, where he studied Modern and Medieval Languages. He is fluent in French, Russian and speaks some Polish.[1]


  • 1991 hired as production assistant in the BBC Moscow bureau, after which he freelanced in Moscow as a reporter / producer.
  • Later on assigned as a producer for the BBC World in London.
  • December 1994 he returned to Moscow as the bureau’s bi-media producer covering major stories like the war in Chechnya.
  • November 1997 he moved to Warsaw to work as the local BBC correspondent covering events in Poland, the Baltics and Ukraine.
  • From 1999 to 2003, Coomarasamy was the BBC’s Paris Reporter, covering news in the region for both radio and television outlets.
  • From February 2005, he was the BBC's correspondent in Washington D.C., reporting on news stories from across the United States and North America.
  • In 2009 Coomarasamy presented Europe Today for the BBC World Service.
  • In 2010 Coomarasamy joined the presentation team for Newshour on the BBC World Service.
  • Currently he frequently presents The World Tonight.


Coomarasamy is married to Nanette, with whom he has two children: a son, Finn, and a daughter, Maya.


  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/institutional/2009/10/000000_jamie_coomarasamy.shtml