Stephen John Sackur (born 9 January 1964) is an English journalist who presents HARDtalk, a current affairs interview programme on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel. He is also the main Friday presenter of GMT on BBC World News. For fifteen years he was a BBC foreign correspondent and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and a number of newspapers and magazines.
Stephen Sackur was born in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England, and studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married to an Iraqi, Zina Sabbagh and has three children.
Sackur began working at the BBC as a trainee in 1986, and in 1990, he was appointed as one of its foreign affairs correspondents. As a BBC Radio correspondent, Stephen reported on the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990. During the Gulf War, he was part of a BBC team covering the conflict and spent eight weeks with the British Army. At the end of the war, he was the first correspondent to report the massacre of the retreating Iraqi army on the road leading out of Kuwait.
Stephen was based in Cairo, Egypt, between 1992 and 1995 as the BBC's correspondent in the Middle East and he later moved to Jerusalem in 1995 until 1997. He covered both the death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the growth of the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat.
Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed the BBC's correspondent in Washington and covered the Lewinsky scandal. He later covered the U.S. Presidential Election in 2000 and interviewed President George W. Bush. Stephen went back to Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein and was the first to report Iraq's mass graves of victims of the regime. He was also the moderator of BBC's worldwide broadcast of a debate on climate change with a panel of five world leaders from South Africa, the Maldives, Sweden, Australia and Mexico.
In 1991 he wrote On the Basra Road (London Review of Books).
In 2004 Stephen Sackur replaced veteran journalist Tim Sebastian as the regular host of the BBC's news programme HARDtalk. He has since interviewed prominent international personalities including former US vice-president Al Gore, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas, President Jalal Talabani of Iraq and a host of other leaders and politicians from around the world. He has also interviewed leading cultural figures including Gore Vidal, Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky, Anwar Ibrahim, Annie Lennox, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and incumbent Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Stephen Sackur was named 'International TV Personality of the Year' by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) in November 2010.
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Talk 360 with Stephen Sackur part 1
Imran Khan shuts up Stephen Sackur of BBC Hardtalk
Imran Khan a Brave person, No one courage to talk like that.
A discussion with Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani - [BBC Hardtalk]
Stephen Sackur talks to Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani BBC Hardtalk - Friday, 27 October 2006 British colonial attitude is hereby shown by Stephen S...
BBC HARDtalk - Raymond Tshibanda - Foreign Minister, Democratic Republic of Congo (5/9/12)
The threat of renewed conflict hangs over the Democratic Republic of Congo. An armed rebellion in the east, on the Rwandan border, has already forced hundred...
Imran Khan with Stephen Sackur at HardTalk Full Interview
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HARDTalk's Stephen Sackur Torches Jim Rogers
Stephen, good job old boy - you deserve a cup of tea and some biscuits for torching the fat boy in the pink shirt with your incisive questioning and rebuttal...
One-on-One: Jean-Claude Trichet with Stephen Sackur
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB) Presenter HARDtalk, BBC Television Centre Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet (FR) Former President, European Central Bank (ECB) T...
Stephen Sackur, BBC Journalist
Stephen Sackur, BBC Journalist at the 3rd Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Brussels, speaking about food security and sustainability/
Interview with Stephen Sackur, BBC Television Centre, at the 42nd St. Gallen Symposium.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on BBC's HARDtalk interviewed by Stephen Sackur, 2008
Ayaan Hirsi Ali playlist on Youtube: http://bit.ly/ayaanpl Short link to this video: http://bit.ly/ayaanbbc Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation: http://www.theahafoun...
Thu, 23 May 2013 06:46:36 -0700
Asked about feelings between the two countries now, Mr Milanovic told Stephen Sackur that despite finding it "difficult" to work with the Serbian government, he wanted to build a relationship in "good faith". You can watch the full interview on BBC ...
Fri, 24 May 2013 00:50:22 -0700
Stephen Sackur talks to Prime Minister, Zoran Milanović. He sees his country's accession as a sign of the transformation from war torn land to stable democracy. However, both Croatia and the EU have serious economic problems. So, does either side ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 16:34:24 -0700
... in the sharpest versions of his arguments should check out books like First as Tragedy, which are decisively more antagonistic to Anglo-American sacred cows than this film or his embarrassingly mealy-mouthed interview with the BBC's Stephen Sackur.
Fri, 17 May 2013 01:14:28 -0700
Stephen Sackur speaks to Alan Johnson, who held a series of cabinet posts in the last Labour Government. He's that rare breed, a politician who grew up in poverty and worked his way up from the bottom. Has today's professionalised class of politicians ...
Sun, 19 May 2013 00:39:21 -0700
The BBC was due to interview Mr Schmidt for its Hardtalk current affairs programme, with the presenter, Stephen Sackur, expected to chat to the Google boss about his new book The Digital Age. The corporation confirmed that Mr Schmidt had pulled out of ...
Sat, 18 May 2013 20:14:18 -0700
She recently travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was described by her predecessor as “the rape capital of the world”, and came face to face with the perpetrators of these crimes. Zainab told Stephen Sackur what drives these men to ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 00:50:13 -0700
Stephen Sackur speaks to Thomas Drake, a former intelligence official inside America's National Security Agency. His unhappiness with things he saw led him to leak information to a reporter. He ended up prosecuted... Show more. Share. Facebook ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 01:22:07 -0700
He told Stephen Sackur the Obama administration had made too much use of drones. He believed the weapons would be more effective if they were targeted at those who had committed acts of violence against the US or its allies rather than wider signature ...
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