Kuenssberg at Policy Exchange in 2012
|Born||1976 (age 39–40)
Laura Juliet Kuenssberg (born 1976) is a Scottish journalist, who in July 2015 was appointed as the Political Editor of BBC News, the first woman to hold the position, in succession to Nick Robinson.
Early life and education
The daughter of Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, and his wife Sally Kuenssberg, CBE, her paternal grandfather was the German-born Dr. Ekkehard von Kuenssberg, a founder and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Her maternal grandfather was Lord Robertson who was a High Court of Justiciary judge.
Kuenssberg was born in Italy, while her father was assigned there by Coats Viyella. She grew up in Glasgow, with her brother and sister, and attended Laurel Bank School, an independent girls' school.
After returning to UK, she worked for local radio and then cable television in Glasgow, before joining BBC North East and Cumbria in March 2000. Kuenssberg won a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as home affairs correspondent, and produced segments for the social affairs editor Niall Dickson. Kuenssberg reported for Channel 4 News prior to moving to the BBC.
Appointed chief political correspondent for BBC News, Kuenssberg reported for BBC One bulletins, The Daily Politics and BBC News Channel. In May 2010, her presence was so ubiquitous in the period between the general election and the formation of a coalition government under David Cameron that journalist David Aaronovitch coined the term "Kuenssbergovision."
In September 2011 Kuenssberg took up the newly created role of business editor for ITV News and was replaced at BBC News by Norman Smith from BBC Radio 4. She also contributed towards business reporting on ITV's current affairs strand, Tonight. On 27 August 2013 she made her debut co-newscasting News at Ten with Alastair Stewart.
On 12 November 2013 it was announced that she would leave ITV to return to the BBC as chief correspondent and a presenter of Newsnight, replacing Gavin Esler in the latter role. She joined the Newsnight team in February 2014.
In July 2015 she was appointed as the BBC's political editor, the first woman to hold the position. Kuenssberg was involved in arranging for the Labour MP Stephen Doughty to publicly announce his resignation as a shadow foreign office minister on the Daily Politics television programme in early January 2016. The incident was the subject of an official complaint from Seumas Milne, the Labour Party's Director of Communications, which was rejected by Robbie Gibb, the BBC's head of live political programmes.
Kuenssberg is married and lives in east London.
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|Business Editor: ITV News
2011 – 2013
|Chief Political Correspondent: BBC News
2009 – 2011
|Political Editor: BBC News