About Mark Mardell
I've been the BBC's North America editor since the autumn of 2009.
Before that, I was the BBC's first Europe editor. Based in Brussels, I spent my time tramping around the European Union's 27 countries and beyond, attempting to illustrate the impact of its policies on our lives.
It was a fantastic, mind-broadening experience and I hope those who watched, listened and read got something from it as well.
And before that, I had been working for the BBC at Westminster for... oh, I thought it must have been at least 10 years. When I came to do the sums, I had been covering British politics for 17 years. How time flies when you're enjoying yourself.
And enjoy myself I did. I ended up as chief political correspondent concentrating mainly on the Ten O'Clock News, and before that the Six.
My previous incarnation was as political editor for Newsnight. I also enjoyed dressing up and making strange contributions to This Week, a programme that still reaches parts that other political programmes can't.
Before I joined the BBC, I worked for a Channel Four programme called The Sharp End which was about "the world of work" - and before that was industrial editor and general news reporter at LBC. I began in commercial local radio in Leeds and Teesside.
I got a 2:1 at Kent in Politics and before that went to Epsom College in Surrey.
I live in Maryland, just across the DC line, with my wife and three children.
I like road trips, being flippant, swimming, cooking, eating, reading and sleeping, often in that order.
These have never let me down: Lee Perry, Joe Strummer (except by dying), Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Iain M Banks, Phillip Roth, Haruki Murakami, Michel Faber.