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, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, President Shimon Peres of Israel, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the PA, 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.
He was nominated as 'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' at the Sony Radio Awards 2013.
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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...
Jeremy Irons debates smoking with Stephen Sackur and wins
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Latif Yahia interviewed by Stephen Sackur BBC HARDtalk THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE
http://www.latifyahia.net Latif Yahia interviewed on BBC HARDtalk 1 December 2009 The first part of what I consider to be the best interview that I have ever...
One-on-One: Dr Kumi Naidoo with Stephen Sackur
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB) Presenter HARDtalk, BBC Television Centre Speaker: Dr Kumi Naidoo (ZA) Executive Director, Greenpeace International The Exe...
Surprise smacker for Stephen Sackur - BBC News
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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...
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700
Stephen Sackur speaks to Geraldine Finucane, whose husband, a Belfast solicitor, was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries 25 years ago. Healing a society traumatised by sectarian violence is hard, anyone doubting it should take a look at Northern ...
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:30 -0700
Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Streatfeild, a former infantry officer in Helmand, Afghanistan. The British military pull out from Afghanistan will soon be completed. Digesting the painful lessons from a 12 year deployment will take a whole lot longer.
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:02:21 -0700
AN Ealing man and BBC television journalist is running the London Marathon for the second time. Stephen Sackur is lacing up his running shoes to raise money for Just a Drop, which provide access to clean water in some of the world's poorest and ...
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:23:10 -0700
Roux is a well known chef whose television appearances include MasterChef and Michel Roux's Service. His chosen charity is VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action). Stephen Sackur - PT: 04:00:00. Sackur works as a journalist for the BBC and ...
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:41:15 -0700
In a special edition of Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to Dmitry Peskov, spokesman to Russia's President Putin following the decision of EU and US leaders to impose sanctions. In a special edition of Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to Dmitry Peskov, ...
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:41:15 -0700
Stephen Sackur is in Kiev to talk to Ukraine's interim prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. HARDtalk is in Kiev for an exclusive interview with Ukraine's interim prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Russian troops are still massed on Ukraine's border, and ...
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:12:32 -0700
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a special edition of BBC's HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur spoke to Cayman Islands Premier the Honorable Alden McLaughlin to reflect on Cayman's past, present and future. A tax rate of zero has turned ...
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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:03:45 -0700
The other nominees are Stephen Sackur, Iain Lee, Winifred Robinson and Becky Milligan. If you don't remember the interview I wrote it up on the blog HERE. Here's the interview, which came right at the start of my show on May 22. listen to ‘ ...
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