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David Shukman

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David Shukman

Environment and Science Correspondent


Last updated September 2008
Category: News
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As Environment and Science Correspondent for BBC News since 2003, David Shukman has reported from locations as diverse as the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Amazon.

 

In his coverage of climate change, he has undertaken a dozen assignments to the polar regions.

 

David was the first journalist to make a live television broadcast from Britain's Antarctic base, and he has also made the most northerly television broadcast, only 600 miles from the North Pole.

 

Recent assignments include voyaging through the fabled North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic, reporting live on the scourge of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, and witnessing the threat of rising sea-levels to the tiny island nation of Tuvalu.

 

David has endured being trapped by blizzards in the Arctic, once in a tent at a NASA camp in Greenland, and on another occasion in a remote research station in Siberia.

 

In a career that began in 1983, David was based in Northern Ireland from 1985 to 1987 before being appointed Defence Correspondent (1987-95), then being assigned to Brussels as Europe Correspondent (1995-99).

 

He was World Affairs Correspondent from 1999 to 2003 and has reported from more than 80 countries.

 

Previous assignments included reporting from East Berlin on the fall of the Wall and being the first Western reporter to gain access to a Soviet nuclear base.

 

He has covered conflicts including Bosnia, Angola and East Timor.

 

David's work has won him several awards including a Royal Television Society nomination.

 

He is the author of two books and numerous articles, including one for the Observer Food Monthly on the cooking skills of frontline news teams.

 

David is 50 and married with three children.

 

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