Newsnight appoints Nick Hopkins as new Investigations Correspondent

Nick is one of those rare reporters who is admired and feared in equal measure. He has a remarkable track record of breaking great stories at both the Daily Mail and the Guardian and his byline is a guarantee that you can believe everything that appears underneath it. His appointment shows Newsnight is back in the business of breaking original agenda-setting storiesIan Katz, Editor, Newsnight
Date: 02.05.2014     Last updated: 02.05.2014 at 16.10
Category: BBC Two; News
Newsnight has appointed Nick Hopkins, Investigations Editor of the Guardian, as its Investigations Correspondent.

Hopkins is one of the UK’s most experienced and respected reporters and was a member of the Guardian team that investigated the Edward Snowden files. The series of stories earned a Pulitzer Prize for the paper.

He was previously National News Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor of the Guardian and has a distinguished record as a reporter at the Guardian, and previously the Daily Mail.

Nick’s appointment is one of several moves designed to strengthen Newsnight’s capacity to break agenda-setting stories.

He joins a number of recent Newsnight hires including Chief Reporter Laura Kuenssberg, Policy Editor Chris Cook, Economics Correspondent Duncan Weldon and special correspondent Katie Razzall.

Newsnight Editor Ian Katz said: “Nick is one of those rare reporters who is admired and feared in equal measure. He has a remarkable track record of breaking great stories at both the Daily Mail and the Guardian and his byline is a guarantee that you can believe everything that appears underneath it. His appointment shows Newsnight is back in the business of breaking original agenda-setting stories.”

Nick Hopkins said: "I have had a tremendous time at the Guardian and been lucky enough to be involved in some amazing stories. But there is something very special about the BBC and particularly Newsnight. When I was a cub reporter on the Surrey Comet, I watched it with a sense of envy and awe. I never thought I'd have the chance to join such an influential and inspiring programme. And now I do.”

Nick has over 20 years of experience as a national newspaper journalist.

His career began at the Surrey Comet, followed by a period at the evening newspaper, the Wolverhampton Express & Star.

In 1994, Nick made the transition to national newspapers. He joined the Daily Mail and rose to become New York Correspondent. He joined the Guardian in 1998. As well as having spells as a national and foreign news editor, he spent four years as Crime Correspondent and three years as Defence and Security Editor.

The Newsnight Investigations correspondent role was internally and externally advertised.

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