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Laura Kuenssberg's Biography

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Early Life and Education

Laura Kuenssberg was born in Italy in 1976, towards the end of a long period in which her father worked in Europe and Latin America.

Laura grew up in Glasgow, the daughter of Sally Kuenssberg, CBE, Chairman of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, and Professor Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, a businessman who has served on the boards of Bank of Scotland (West), Standard Life, Scottish Power, and many other companies.

After Laura Kuenssberg graduated in history at Edinburgh University she worked in cable TV and local radio.

Laura Kuenssberg at the BBC

She joined the BBC in March 2000, originally working in local news and won an RTS award whilst a reporter in Newcastle.

In 2003, Laura Kuenssberg worked on The Daily Politics as a reporter.

Kuenssberg rose within the BBC to become the chief political correspondent for the BBC News channel.

In 2010, she won the Women in Public Life award for Journalist of the Year.

In 2011 it was announced that Laura Kuenssberg was joining ITV as the ITV News business editor in September and would also contribute to ITV's current affairs strand Tonight.

In November 2013, it was revealed that in 2014 Laura Kuenssberg would be returning to the BBC as chief correspondent and presenter Of Newsnight, and that Gavin Esler was leaving the flagship current affairs show.

In July 2015, it was revealed that Laura Kuenssberg was to be the BBC's new political editor, taking over from Nick Robinson.

In December 2016, Laura Kuenssberg was named journalist of the year at the Press Gazette's British Journalism Awards.

In July 2017, the BBC revealed that Laura Kuenssberg earned over £200,000 from licence fee revenue in their financial year 2016/7.

In late 2021 it was confirmed that Laura Kuenssberg was stepping down as the BBC’s political editor at Easter in 2022 but would remain with the BBC in “a senior presenting and reporting role”.

In March 2022, it was announced that she was to take over from Andrew Marr as the host of BBC One's Sunday morning politics show, which was to be entitled Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.

In 2023, she hosted the documentary series, State of Chaos.

Her brother David Kuennsberg is a civil servant.

Her sister Joanna Kuenssberg is Britain's High Commissioner to Mozambique.

Her maternal grandfather was a High Court judge Lord Robertson.

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