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 the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, People's Republic of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, President Shimon Peres of Israel, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the PA, President Jalal Talabani of Iraq, Greek former minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis, Prime Mininister of Moldova Iurie Leanca US vice-president Al Gore, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates 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.
Stephen Sackur was named 'International TV Personality of the Year' by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) in November 2010.
He was nominated as 'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' at the Sony Radio Awards 2013.
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BBC HARDtalk - Omar Abdullah - Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (28/1/14)
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BBC HARDtalk with Khaled Meshaal, Leader of Hamas
In a special edition of Hardtalk from Doha, Stephen Sackur talks to Khaled Meshaal, the Leader of Hamas. The Palestinian Islamist movement is currently locke...
Latif Yahia interviewed by Stephen Sackur BBC HARDtalk THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE part 1
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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:46:22 -0700
How far are we from a cure for Alzheimer's disease? Professor Susan Greenfield thinks it may not be that far away, but that there needs to be a wholly new approach if one is to be found. But why doesn't Alzheimer's get the attention or funding that ...
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700
Yatsenyuk: Ukraine lustration will cover 1 million officials. Print version. Sept. 17, 2014, 2:26 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) and a presenter of HARDtalk, BBC World News Stephen Sackur on a ...
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:30:56 -0700
All the country's great and good were present, as were sympathetic participants from Britain, the United States, and Europe – all effectively moderated by Stephen Sackur. It was like being in a parallel universe. Under cloudless blue skies, Kiev's ...
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:52:22 -0700
Yatsenyuk suspects Putin intends to grab land corridor via Odesa to Transdniestria. Print version. Sept. 15, 2014, 2:45 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine. Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L), Stephen Sackur (R) at the 11th Annual Meeting of Yalta European ...
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:07:30 -0700
Regular host of World Responsible Tourism Day, BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur, will open the day by interviewing co-founder of Wilderness Safaris Colin Bell, and CEO of conservation charity Tusk, Charlie Mayhew. They will discuss how Africa, the tourism ...
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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:52:30 -0700
Obviously exasperated, Olexander Scherba, ambassador-at-large at the Ukrainian foreign ministry, told BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur the fall of Ukraine and the loss of its sovereignty in Russian hands "will be the start of the moral decay of the ...
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:45:00 -0700
BBC presenter Stephen Sackur will interview King about his career in business, which will offer the senior travel industry audience inspiration and practical advice as to how they can run their own businesses. King began his career at Mars upon ...
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:13:19 -0700
A compendium of correspondents' stories of unsettling encounters, bizarre finds and things which are just plain out of place, from around the world. Mary Harper describes what it's like to get regular text messages (and unprompted attempts at religious ...
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