Philippa Thomas

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Philippa Thomas
Phillipa Thomas at British Library 2015.jpg
Philippa Thomas at British Library 2015
Born (1965-11-22) 22 November 1965 (age 52)
Occupation Journalist, presenter, newsreader
Employer BBC
Notable credit(s) World News Today with Philippa Thomas
BBC World News
BBC News
Children sons

Philippa Thomas (born 22 November 1965) is a British television newsreader and journalist, both domestic and foreign, at the BBC and the main presenter of World News Today which airs on BBC World News, BBC News Channel and BBC Four. She was raised in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

While a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, studying digital media and citizen journalism, a blog post by Thomas reporting a comment by P.J. Crowley received wide coverage,[1] and resulted in Crowley's resignation.


Thomas has reported extensively from the United States, South America, Africa, and continental Europe. Her most recent posting was as presenter and special correspondent in the BBC Washington bureau from 2007[2] to 2010, where she anchored political coverage, and filmed original features on U.S. politics, economics and culture. Her stories aired on BBC World News, PBS news broadcasts, BBC America's "World News America", and the BBC online.

Before that, during 2007 and 2008, she presented the 22:00 ET edition of World News Today, a one-hour news programme on the BBC World News channel. From 1997 to 2001 she was also a BBC North America correspondent, providing headline news from the impeachment of President Clinton to the global impact of the 9/11 attacks. From 1990 to 1997 she reported on the UK political scene, including extensive coverage of the Northern Ireland peace process.

She returned to her BBC broadcast duties in July 2011. Since returning to the UK Thomas has appeared as a correspondent on BBC News.

Since January 2013 Thomas has been a main presenter of World News Today airing at 19:00 GMT Weekdays and 21:00 GMT on weekends four days a week on the relaunched BBC World News, BBC News Channel and on BBC Four. She is also an occasional presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on the BBC World Service.

In 2018, Thomas made a cameo appearance as herself in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.


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Media offices
Preceded by
Zeinab Badawi
Main Presenter of World News Today
2014 – 2017
Succeeded by
Nancy Kacungira
Media offices
Preceded by
Kirsty Lang
Deputy Presenter of World News Today
2013–2014; 2018-
Succeeded by
Karin Giannone & Kasia Madera & Peter Dobbie