Award-winning Journalist, Author and “Spitting Image” puppet.He has been chairman of University Challenge since 1994. He is the author of numerous documentaries and documentary series – on the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain.
In March 2015, he interviewed David Cameron and Ed Miliband in the run-up to the General Election which he anchored for Channel 4.
Jeremy began his career covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland for three years, he then spent 8 years reporting from around the world for the BBC, before becoming anchor-man of the BBC’s nightly news analysis programme, Newsnight in 1989, a post he held for 25 years.
A formidable presenter Jeremy will facilitate your conference, chair debates and seminars and host your awards dinner with the upmost skill and ease.
His one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a critically acclaimed sell-out. His after dinner sets are not to be missed, witty, satirical and brimming with insight.
Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is an honorary fellow there, and a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He holds honorary doctorates from Leeds, Bradford and the Open University.
He is the author of ten books, including The English – Portrait of a People; The Political Animal; On Royalty; The Victorians; Empire – What Ruling the World Did to the British. Great Britain’s Great War was published in October 2013.
He is a contributing editor at the Financial Times.
His charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education.
In his spare time, he goes fly-fishing and is the editor of Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life.