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Edward Stourton

Edward Stourton is one of Radio 4's leading presenters of news and documentaries. Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1957, he was educated at Ampleforth College and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in English Literature before joining ITN as a graduate trainee.

He was a founder member of Channel 4 News, working as a scriptwriter but adding producer, duty home news editor and chief sub-editor to his duties. Edward reported from Beirut for the first time in 1983 and spent most of the next decade covering foreign news.

In 1986, he was appointed Channel 4's Washington Correspondent covering the final years of the Reagan presidency and the 1988 presidential campaign. He also presented special programmes on the Iran-Contra scandal.

In 1988 Edward joined the BBC as Paris Correspondent. In 1990 he returned to ITN as diplomatic editor, and during his three years in the job he reported from Baghdad during the Gulf War, from Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo, from Moscow in the final days of the Soviet Union and from Europe throughout the negotiations leading up to the Maastricht summit.

In 1993 he returned to the BBC to the One O'Clock News, which he presented for six years. He has also presented editions of Correspondent, Assignment and Panorama, and the phone-in programme Call Ed Stourton on Radio 4. His current affairs work for Radio 4 includes the series The Violence Files, Asia Gold and Global Shakeout. Asia Gold won the Sony Gold for current affairs in 1997.

In 1997 he presented Absolute Truth, a landmark, four-part series for BBC 2 on the modern Catholic Church and wrote a book to accompany the series.

In 1999 Edward joined the team on the Today programme which he presented until September 2009. He has since joined the presenting teams on The World at One and The World This Weekend and taken over presentation of Sunday, Radio 4's main religious news and current affairs programme.

Jane Little

 

Jane Little is a writer and broadcaster who combines specialist reporting on religion with a wide brief as presenter. She regularly sits in the chair of Woman's Hour, Sunday, Last Word, and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4. She also works as Religion Editor for the BBC-WGBH-PRI co-production, The World.

Jane was born and raised in Kendal, Cumbria. She read Theology and Religious Studies at King's College, Cambridge, and went on to Harvard University, where she studied the relationship between religion and politics in the US, a subject she has written and reported on for more than a decade. From 2006-2008 she was a BBC Washington Correspondent.

Jane started her career at BBC Radio Newcastle and then worked as a producer and reporter on The World at WGBH Boston, after which she returned to the UK to create the post of Religious Affairs Correspondent at the BBC World Service. During several years there she reported from many parts of the globe on developments within religious traditions as well as covering large numbers of stories where religion intersects with politics.

William Crawley

 

William Crawley is a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC who presents TV and radio programmes on subjects as varied as news and politics, arts and science, and religion and ethics.

His television work includes the landmark natural history series Blueprint, the interview series William Crawley Meets, and a three-part autobiographical series documenting life in Northern Ireland: Sorry For Your Trouble, Dying For A Drink, and Losing Our Religion.

This year he also presented a Spotlight investigation from Rome, and began working as a producer and specialist consultant on BBC One's network series Sunday Morning Live.

He presents the multi-award winning Sunday Sequence and The Book Programme on Radio Ulster; Sunday on Radio 4; a variety of arts documentaries for Radio 3; and frequently presents Radio Ulster’s Talk Back phone-in show.

His broadcasting diary Will and Testament is one of the popular blogs in the BBC network.

Samira Ahmed

 

Journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed began her reporting career as a BBC News trainee and remembers standing amid a group of cheering female deacons, on one of her first assignments, covering the Church of England General Synod's decision to allow the ordination of women priests. In a 20 year career as a correspondent and news anchor at the BBC, Channel 4 News and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin she's covered the OJ Simpson case while Los Angeles Correspondent, the rise of radical Islam on British University campuses for Newsnight and made the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series Islam Unveiled about Muslim women and feminism. She won the 2009 Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her investigation into so called "corrective" rape in South Africa.

Currently a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University in London, she presents Sunday Morning Live for BBC1, the Proms for BBC4, a variety of programmes for Radio 3 and 4 and writes a column in The Big Issue on culture and politics.