Jeremy Bowen is a journalist with a vast knowledge and experience of the Middle East. From 1995-2000, he was based in Jerusalem as the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent, winning awards from television festivals in New York and Monte Carlo, as well as a Best Breaking News report from the Royal Television Society on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
During the Kosovo crisis of 1999, he reported extensively from the region, often in dangerous conditions, which included being robbed at gunpoint by bandits whilst reporting from the Albanian border. Since June 2005 he has been working in the newly-created role of BBC Middle East Editor.
In the hit BBC podcast Our Man in the Middle East Jeremy presented a personal history of the Middle East. Over 25 episodes he reflected on the present and the past of the Middle East, after reporting from the region for more than a quarter of a century.
A seasoned war correspondent, Jeremy Bowen provides audiences with riveting anecdotes from a life reporting on the front line at some of the most fraught conflicts of the past twenty years. He has witnessed endless wars between individuals, religious groups and full-sized states, jostling for military, political and economic power.
He has interviewed dictators, fanatics and fundamentalists as well as the ordinary people caught up in their dangerous games.
Jeremy has covered hostilities from over 70 countries ranging from El Salvador, Somalia to the West Bank and his current role as the BBC’s Middle East Editor enables him to cast a welcome light onto one of the most complex areas of the world.
Jeremy is a well known bowel cancer sufferer and is raising the profile of a campaign by Bowel Cancer UK for an optimal bowel cancer screening programme, in which he relates to his own diagnosis and treatment.
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Jeremy Bowen provided a fascinating insight into the current situation in the Middle East and was an excellent after dinner speaker. He brought his own unique blend of charm and intelligence to the party, putting everyone at ease. The evening was a great success.
Bowen is a man with a thousand interesting stories to tell.
The audience found him fascinating and inspirational and the 30 minute Q&A after could have gone on a lot longer as there was so much positive response to Jeremy’s speech. Jeremy was wonderful at mingling with delegates and everyone there found the entire experience of meeting him to be inspirational, motivational and uplifting.