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Jo Coburn

Jo Coburn presents the Daily Politics each Monday to Thursday.

Jo is one of the BBC’s most experienced political correspondents who joined the Daily Politics as a full-time presenter in September 2011.

Covering the Westminster beat for 10 years, Jo has had a ringside seat during all the major domestic and international events of the Blair/Brown years and also the transition to the Coalition Government.

She covered the political ramifications of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and home grown scandals such as Cash for Honours and MP’s expenses.

After studying History and German at Manchester university followed by Middle Eastern politics at Oxford, Jo learned her trade on local radio in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, before joining BBC London as political reporter.

Her big break came when covering the first race for London Mayor in 2000. It became known infamously as 'the Ken and Jeffrey' show and had all the ingredients of a great political story - big personalities, party splits and expulsions, and a court case to boot.

After the 2001 General Election, Jo swapped evening regional news for early mornings as political correspondent for Breakfast News. Since then, she has reported on politics for all the major outlets and programmes including the Today programme, the Six and Ten bulletins and the BBC News Channel.

Jo has also regularly presented on the News Channel and on Radio Four. Three months fronting The World This Weekend gave her the chance to cover stories in an in-depth way that's difficult to achieve within the constraints of the daily news agenda.

She began presenting the Daily Politics show with Andrew Neil on a weekly basis in 2007 and says she, "loved it". She joined us for five days a week through the 2010 election campaign, while Anita Anand was on maternity leave.

Away from politics, Jo is keen on cinema, reading, entertaining and running around after her two sons.