James Longman

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James Longman
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Longman in 2015
Born (1986-12-28) 28 December 1986 (age 33)
London, England
EducationHill House School
Worth School
Alma materSchool of Oriental and African Studies
London School of Economics
EmployerABC News

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 to report 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 specialism regarding 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 covers breaking news around Europe and the Middle East – often deployed to cover terror attacks – as well as making features and news specials on all kinds of issues for ABC’s Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Longman is openly gay.[6][7] He was nominated for Young Talent of the Year at the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards.[8]


  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". 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 - Frontline Club". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "'Did I inherit mental illness?'". 11 May 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016 – via www.bbc.com.
  6. ^ a b Grant, David. "ABC News just added out (and SUPER hot) foreign correspondent James Longman". queerty.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Nominations announced for RTS Television Journalism Awards 2017 | Royal Television Society". www.rts.org.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2017.