Gavin Esler is an author, newspaper columnist and award-winning BBC broadcaster.
As well as being a presenter on Newsnight since 2003, Gavin hosts Dateline London and numerous other programmes on BBC World, the BBC News Channel and BBC radio.
He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 with programme credits including Four Corners and Six Places that Changed the World and Esler On Eichmann.
Gavin began his journalistic career at The Belfast Telegraph before joining BBC Northern Ireland in 1977.
For eight years Gavin was the BBC's chief North America correspondent based in Washington, and he has reported on international affairs from all over the world including the Brazilian rainforest, the Aleutian Islands, Russia, the Middle East and China.
He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines including The Independent and The Mail on Sunday.
His books include novels and works of non-fiction. His latest book Lessons from the Top, a portrait of leadership in the modern world, is due out in 2012.
Gavin won a Royal Television Society Award for two documentaries on Alaska, and a Sony Gold for a Radio 4 documentary "Letters from Guantanamo" about the detainee Sami al Hajj who was released after the documentary was broadcast.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of Bafta and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of Kent at Canterbury.