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About Fergus Walsh


Fergus WalshFergus Walsh is the BBC's medical correspondent. He reports on a wide range of issues, from medical research to ethics and both domestic and global disease threats. He appears mainly for the BBC Six and Ten O'Clock News and the 24-hour News Channel. He can also be heard on the Today programme and Radio 5 live.

In 2009 he started a blog, Fergus on Flu, which examined the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. In June 2010 this was re-launched as Fergus's Medical Files, which takes a broad look at medical and health issues.

Fergus went to the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and Leeds University. He began reporting for the BBC in 1984. At the age of 26, he became one of the BBC's youngest specialist correspondents, reporting for radio on Home and Legal Affairs. In 1990 he moved to television and worked briefly as political, diplomatic and education correspondents.

For the past 17 years, Fergus has concentrated on health, science and medicine. He has reported for the BBC from more than two dozen countries on topics such as stem cells, genetics, obesity, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, and swine flu.

Fergus Walsh and Julie WaltersIn 2007, he gave evidence to Parliament during the scrutiny of the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill. Last year he appeared as himself in a BBC TV drama with Julie Walters for which she won an Emmy award. Fergus has won several awards for his journalism, but none for his acting!

He is a champion of the importance of medical volunteering and has taken part in several patient trials. He has had his brain, heart and other vital organs scanned for television reports, as well as being injected with a vaccine against avian flu. Fergus has an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

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