Formerly the BBC's Europe Editor from 2009-'14, Gavin Hewitt was promoted to the newly created role of Chief Correspondent for BBC News in autumn 2014. An important new addition to the existing senior editorial team, Gavin is at the forefront of the BBC's flagship programmes bringing analysis and insight to a wide range of assignments, covering major breaking news at home and abroad.
Gavin Hewitt graduated from Durham University and, after working as a correspondent for Canadian television in Toronto, has gone on to hold a series of key positions at the BBC, reporting on most major world events over the past 30 years.
Gavin was in East Berlin the night the Berlin Wall fell. Since then he has reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 9/11 attacks in New York. He reported from New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina. In 1997 he wrote and presented the BBC One tribute to Princess Diana. In 2008 he covered the Obama campaign and was embedded with US forces for the invasion of Iraq. He reported on the war in Lebanon in 2006 and the war in Giorgia in 2008.
For five years from 2009-2014 Gavin Hewitt was the BBC's Europe Editor covering the tensions between the EU and the UK and the Eurozone crisis. His blog was voted one of the most influential in Brussels.
Gavin has won a string of awards for his documentary and news reports, including an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award. He is known for his effortless interweaving of the stories of ordinary people with the high drama of European politics.