Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Juliet Kuenssberg (born 8 August 1976) is a British journalist. In July 2015 she succeeded Nick Robinson as political editor of BBC News, the first woman to hold the position. Kuenssberg was born in Italy in 1976, the daughter of Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, and his wife Sally Kuenssberg, CBE.

Early life and education

Kuenssberg was born in Italy in 1976, the daughter of Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, and his wife Sally Kuenssberg, CBE.

Her father worked in Italy for British company Coats Viyella for a number of years.Kuenssberg grew up in Glasgow, with her brother and sister,and attended Laurel Bank School, a private girls’ school.

Kuenssberg studied History at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a journalism course at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she worked on an NBC News political programme.

Career

After returning to Britain, 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.

Appointed chief political correspondent for BBC News, Kuenssberg reported for BBC One bulletins, Daily Politics and BBC News. 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 Newsnightteam in February 2014