Laura Kuenssberg is to become the BBC’s new political editor – the first female to hold the role.
Kuenssberg, chief correspondent and Newsnight presenter, is due to take over from the current political editor, Nick Robinson.
Kuenssberg joined the BBC in 2000, becoming a political correspondent in 2003 and has since worked on programmes such as the Daily Politics, the News at Ten and Breakfast. She then moved to ITV News in 2011, becoming their business editor, before returning to the BBC in 2014.
Born in Italy but growing up in Glasgow, Kuenssberg gained a first class honours degree in history from the University of Edinburgh. She went on to complete a journalism course at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.
Of her appointment, Kuenssberg said, “I’m completely delighted and I recognise the responsibility on my shoulders. It’s an honour for me to follow Nick Robinson who has been such an outstanding political editor.”
Tony Hall, the director general for the BBC, spoke of the news saying, “Laura’s an exceptional journalist…Her knowledge of Westminster politics is second to none, but also has a real flair for asking questions the audience want answering.”
Kuenssberg will be following in the footsteps of previous political editors such as Andrew Marr and John Simpson.
Her predecessor, Nick Robinson has been absent from the our screens recently due to undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer. However, Nick is due to return to the BBC on Radio 4’s Today programme.