About Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson has been our political editor since the end of August 2005. He returned to the BBC - where he had begun his career - from ITV News, where he was political editor for three years.
His last post at the BBC was as News 24's chief political correspondent (from October 1999 to October 2002). During that time he also presented Westminster Live on BBC Two.
In the run-up to the 2001 general election, he started keeping a daily diary of the campaign, called The Campaign Today, which was published on this website. In time this became Newslog, which ran until his departure to ITV.
Nick is a rare example of someone who has switched from working behind the camera to working in front of it.
He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, and attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He was inspired to go into broadcasting by the legendary Today programme presenter Brian Redhead, a family friend. His first broadcasting job was as an unpaid gofer on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester working for a man who's now a BBC colleague - Jim Hancock of BBC North West.
Nick joined the BBC as a production trainee in 1986 and worked on Brass Tacks, This Week, Next Week, Newsround, Pamela Armstrong Show and Crimewatch UK. He joined On the Record as an assistant producer and worked his way up to become Deputy Editor.
He then moved to Panorama where he was deputy editor for three years. In 1996 he moved in front of the camera to become a political correspondent, covering his first General Election for BBC Radio in 1997.
He discussed his return to the BBC on Radio Five Live with Simon Mayo, a transcript of which can be read here.
About the man
Nick's married with three children and lives in North London ("horribly close" to the Arsenal stadium for a lifelong Manchester United fan). Having just learnt to sail a dinghy he dreams of sailing yachts around azure waters in sunny climes.
Outside work he enjoys the theatre and talking about what exercise he'll do when - if - he ever gets around to it.