Wyre Davies

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Wyre Davies is a Welsh journalist, and South America correspondent for BBC News. He speaks fluent Welsh and Spanish.[1]


His maternal grandfather, Captain Evan Rowlands of Llanon,[1][2] was captain of Harmanteh, which whilst making passage between Brazil and the West Coast of Canada, on 22 May 1938 whilst under the control of a local pilot ran aground on Zealous Island, Messier Channel, Chile.[3] Subsequently abandoned by her crew, salvage efforts were also abandoned on 6 June.[4] Later he was captain of Stangrant, which during the Battle of the Atlantic was torpedoed and sunk west of the Outer Hebrides (58°27′N 12°36′W / 58.450°N 12.600°W / 58.450; -12.600) by U-37 with the loss of eight of her 38 crew. Survivors including Captain Rowlands were rescued by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.[5][6] Rowlands later retired to Llanrhystud, where Davies was born.[1]


After studying Latin American politics at university, he joined BBC News where, after training, he became a foreign correspondent in Latin America. In 2000 he transferred to a job as correspondent at BBC Wales, reporting on stories across Wales and appearing on Wales Today together with the BBC's Six and Ten o'clock news. He also reported on sports stories.[7]

In 2005, he was asked to fill in for Katya Adler for six months while she took maternity leave. He has since undertaken occasional assignments to both Palestine and Israel, and in April 2010 was appointed permanent Middle East correspondent, under fellow Welshman, BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.[8] He covered the 2011 Egyptian protests from within Tahrir Square.

Since mid-2013, Davies is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his family, and is the BBC's South American correspondent.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Davies is married, with three daughters.[8] His close friends include BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped in Gaza in 2007.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Gohebwyr - Wyre Davies". S4C. 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Rachael Misstear (22 June 2014). "Wyre Davies has escaped injury in war zones several times but his desire for adventure just might be in his genes". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "British steamer wrecked" The Times (London). Tuesday, 24 May 1938. (48002), col G, p. 26.
  4. ^ "Casualty Reports" The Times (London). Wednesday, 7 June 1938. (48015), col C, p. 22.
  5. ^ "SS Stangrant (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stangrant". Uboat. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wyre Davies". BBC Raise Your Game. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  8. ^ a b c Martin Shipton (2010-04-01). "BBC’s Wyre off to Middle East with young family". Western Mail. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  9. ^ Wyre Davies (14 October 2013). "Don't mention the 'F' word". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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