Emily Maitlis Biography
(British Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker and Lead Anchor of the BBC Two News and Current Affairs Programme ‘Newsnight’)
Birthday: September 6, 1970 (Virgo)
Born In: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Emily Maitlis is a British-Canadian journalist and news presenter for the BBC. Maitlis was born in Canada and raised in Sheffield, UK where her father was an academic and her mother a foreign language tutor. The family travelled a lot, exposing the children to various cultures of the world. After her schooling, Maitlis studied English at Cambridge University. She dabbled with the idea of a career in the theatre before deciding to take up a tutoring job in Hong Kong. Finding herself in Hong Kong, during the handover of power years, Maitlis felt the urge to be a part of the changes and took a job at a broadcasting station. She had found her calling. She went on to live in Hong Kong for six more years working for various news agencies including NBC Asia as a reporter, documentary maker and presenter. It was also in Hong Kong that she met her future husband. Moving back to the UK she worked for Sky News finally joining the BBC. She has been at the forefront of political reporting and covered important events like the refugee crisis in Europe and three US Presidential Elections. When she was made a presenter at BBC’s Newsnight, critics commented that it was more because of her looks than her knowledge of the news. Maitlis does not pay much heed to such criticism or comments about her wardrobe but maintains that television being a visual medium, looks are important. Maitlis is currently one of the lead presenters of BBC’s Newsnight.