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Kuenssberg confirmed as BBC political editor

Tony Hall, the BBC director general, said: “Her knowledge of Westminster politics is second to none, but she also has a real flair for asking the questions the audience want answering.”

She joined the BBC in 2000 working in the north of England and rapidly moved into a key role in London where her tenacity and confidence made her a formidable operator. In 2003 she joined The Daily Politics as a reporter and has also worked on the Today programme and BBC1’s Breakfast show.

Nick KuenssbergShe left in 2011 to become business editor for ITV News, where she faded from view tackling a less familiar subject on a channel not known for breaking business news. On occasions her reports embraced more political themes and, as such it was no surprise that she returned to the BBC at the beginning of last year to join Newsnight.

Robinson’s switch to the Today programme followed news that the programme’s second longest serving presenter, James Naughtie, will be standing down in the new year.

Her father has been a director of a number of companies and is a former chairman of the Institute of Directors Scotland. He is honorary Professor in the Department of Management at Glasgow University and an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Business History. He is a recipient of the OBE and his wife Sally a CBE.

Ms Kuenssberg’s paternal grandfather was the German Dr Ekke von Kuenssberg, a founder and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Her maternal grandfather was Lord Robertson who was a High Court of Justiciary judge who contributed greatly to Scots law. Her great-uncle was Sir James Robertson, the last colonial governor-general of Nigeria.

Ms Kuenssberg was born in Italy, while her father was working there for Coats Viyella.  She grew up in Glasgow with her brother and sister.

She studied history at the university of Edinburgh, followed by a journalism course at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

 

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