18 Facts About Jeremy Bowen


Jeremy Bowen was the BBC's Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem between 1995 and 2000 and the BBC Middle East editor from 2005 to 2022, before being appointed the International Editor of BBC News in August 2022.


Jeremy Francis John Bowen was born on 6 February 1960 in Cardiff.


Jeremy Bowen was educated at De La Salle School, Rumney, Cardiff High School, University College London and the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.


Jeremy Bowen joined the BBC in 1984 and has been a war correspondent for much of his career, starting with El Salvador in 1989.


Jeremy Bowen has reported from more than 70 countries, predominantly in the Middle East and in the Balkans.


Jeremy Bowen reported from Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Bosnian War there, and from Kosovo during the 1999 conflict, during which he was robbed at gunpoint by bandits.


Jeremy Bowen was a guest host on the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You, and presented the BBC's 2001 three-part series Son of God, an investigation into the life of Jesus.

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Jeremy Bowen presented Moses in 2002, a similar documentary that chronicled the life of Moses.


Nonetheless, Jeremy Bowen subsequently returned to the field in March 2003, as special correspondent, during which time he covered the death of Pope John Paul II.


Jeremy Bowen became the BBC's first Middle East Editor when the position was created in June 2005 after the 2004 Balen Report on the BBC's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to provide a broader perspective on wider Middle East issues and to add context to the reporting of events on the ground.


Also, on a claim that was found to be lacking in accuracy because it was not properly sourced, the committee accepted that Jeremy Bowen had been provided with the information by an authoritative source.


Jeremy Bowen voiced opposition to the censure, calling it a result of a "campaign group" whom he called "the enemies of impartiality".


In February 2011, Jeremy Bowen became the first British journalist to interview Muammar Gaddafi since the start of the 2011 Libyan civil war against him and the government.


Jeremy Bowen escaped without major injury and was taken away by his colleagues and bandaged up.


Jeremy Bowen was one of the few journalists inside Syria reporting on the civil war.


Since March 2022, Jeremy Bowen has been reporting from on the ground in Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War.


Jeremy Bowen is a supporter of Cardiff City Football Club.


On 1 April 2019, Jeremy Bowen announced that he had undergone treatment to remove a tumour in his bowel.