James Longman

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James Longman
Longman in 2015
Born (1986-12-28) 28 December 1986 (age 37)
London, England
EducationHill House School
Worth School
Alma materSchool of Oriental and African Studies
London School of Economics
EmployerABC News
SpouseAlex Brannan (m. July 2022)

James Longman (born 28 December 1986) is an English journalist and foreign correspondent for US network ABC News.[1] Previously, he worked at the BBC where he worked as a general news reporter and the corporation's Beirut correspondent. Fluent in Arabic and French, he specialised in the Middle East, and regularly reports on issues around the refugee crisis and the Arab world, as well as terrorist incidents around Europe.[2]

Early life[edit]

Longman was born in 1986 in West London. He was educated at Hill House in Knightsbridge and at Worth School, a boarding school in West Sussex.[3] He has a bachelor's degree in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a masters in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.[2]


Longman started his career inside Syria, where he spent six months reporting for British newspapers, spending time in rebel-held areas in the lead-up to the war.[4] In 2012, he was hired by the BBC for his speciality in Syria.

He has taken a particular interest in mental health, and reported on his own family's history for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, where he was based in London.[5]

In 2016, he ran the London Marathon in aid of Mind.

Now at ABC, he has travelled to over 50 countries on breaking news, as well as on features and news specials on all kinds of issues for ABC's Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline, as well as for National Geographic's Virus Hunters.[6] Longman won the David Bloom award from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association[7] and a Deadline Club award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in Chechnya,[8] and won a News Emmy in 2021 for his work on the climate crisis in India, having also been nominated for his work in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Antarctica and the Middle East.[9][10] He was nominated for Young Talent of the Year at the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Longman is gay.[6][12][13][14] He became engaged to his boyfriend in the summer of 2020, and they married in July 2022.[15][16]


  1. ^ Evans, Greg (1 June 2017). "ABC News Hires BBC Correspondent James Longman For London Bureau". Deadline.com. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "James Longman - Journalist and Broadcaster". Jameslongman.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Bright Young Things". Independent School Parent. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "How to become a freelance foreign correspondent". Frontlineclub.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "'Did I inherit mental illness?'". BBC News. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b Grant, David. "ABC News just added out (and SUPER hot) foreign correspondent James Longman". Queerty.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  7. ^ "2020 RTCA Dinner". Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  8. ^ "2020 Award Winners with Judges Comments". Deadline Club. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  10. ^ "NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 41ST ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS – The Emmys". Theemmys.tv. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Nominations announced for RTS Television Journalism Awards 2017 | Royal Television Society". Rts.org.uk. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  12. ^ Longman, James (23 October 2019). "That time I told the head of Chechen police I was gay. Standing in a jail cell: Reporter's notebook". ABC News.
  13. ^ Longman, James (8 October 2020). "ABC News' James Longman on coming out: 'I could never imagine then the life I have now'". Good Morning America/ABC News.
  14. ^ "BBC News' James Longman on the reality of reporting from the Middle East as a gay man". Attitude.co.uk. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  15. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (26 June 2020). "ABC News Correspondent James Longman Proposes to Boyfriend — Watch the Sweet Video". People.
  16. ^ "Mr and Mr 🎉". Twitter.com. Retrieved 28 July 2022.