Gavin Hewitt

Inside Biography


Fifty-five years old Gavin Hewitt is a British journalist and presenter, currently BBC News’s News Editor. He was a formerly its Europe Editor between September 2009 to the autumn of 2014.

Early life and Education

Gavin Hewitt was born on March 1951, in Penge, London, United Kingdom. He belongs to British nationality and his ethnicity is white.Gavin Hewitt spent his childhood in Penge with his family.

He received his primary education at the independent school St John’s School situated in Leatherhead, Surry. After his high school at St Jone's College, he attended the University of Durham. There he reported for a live student program on BBC Radio Durham entitled University Termtime.

Professional career

Gavin Hewitt served as a presenter of BBC’s Panorama in 1984 and was in East Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down. There he worked along with Damian  Grammaticas, Katya Adler, Fergal Keane, Jon Sopel, and Mark Lowen.

Gavin Hewitt conducted the first British television interview with Oliver North after the Iran-Contra scandal. While working at Panorama, he made a program called The Case Of India One that led to an investigation into police corruption.

Gavin Hewitt also made the movie ‘Escape From Tiananmen’ that broke the story of Operation Yellow Bird. He has been BBC’s Washington Correspondent on many occasions. He also made three films about President Bill Clinton. In which included All The President’s Women, and The Shaming Of The President.

In 2001, Gavin Hewitt won the Royal Television Society Award for his coverage of the Oldham riots. He also won the Broadcast Award for England’s Shame, an investigation into football hooliganism at Euro 2000.

In 2003, Gavin Hewitt was one of three reporters to use David Kelly as a source for the BBC story. He covered the United States Presidential Election primaries in 2008 and Democratic Nominee for Barack Obama’s travel to the Middle East and Europe. He also covered Barack Obama’s campaign for President during the autumn of that year.


Personal life

Moving to his personal life, Gavin Hewitt is a married man. He has been married to his longtime girlfriend Sally Jane Lacey in 1972. The couple has two children. 

by sushma, 16 Feb, 2017

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