Emily Maitlis is an award-winning journalist who, as part of the core presenting team on Newsnight (BBC2) – including a recent stint as their Political Editor – and as a regular News Channel anchor, is one of the most recognized faces on television news. She also works alongside David Dimbleby and Jeremy Vine covering all General, Local and US elections.
As a documentary maker, in 2011 Emily secured an exclusive television interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which formed the basis of her BBC2 documentary, ‘Inside Facebook: Zuckerberg’s $100 Billion Gamble’ which won the Harold Wincott Business Programme of the Year Award in 2013. Her other documentaries have been on subjects as diverse as Donald Trump, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barbie. She has interviewed major political figures such as Henry Kissinger and Christine Lagarde, as well as all four of the last UK prime ministers. She has also interviewed key figures from the world of sport, entertainment, and business – David Beckham, Hugh Grant, George Soros, to name but a handful.
Prior to working in news, Emily made factual films in Cambodia and China. She spent six years working with NBC Asia, initially as a business reporter and then as a presenter in Hong Kong, covering the collapse of the tiger economies in 1997. She also covered the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong with Jon Snow for Channel 4. She then moved to Sky News in the UK as a business correspondent, and to BBC London News when the programme was re-launched in 2001.
She speaks French, Spanish, Italian (and English) but, contrary to popular belief, her Mandarin Chinese is a bit rubbish.