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Emily Maitlis

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Emily Maitlis
Emily Maitlis Reporting from Leadership Debate Bristol 2010.jpg
Maitlis in April 2010
Emily Maitlis

(1970-09-06) 6 September 1970 (age 49)
EducationKing Edward VII School
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, newsreader
Notable credit(s)
BBC News
BBC News at Five
BBC News at One
Spouse(s)Mark Gwynne

Emily Maitlis (born 6 September 1970) is a British journalist, documentary-maker and newsreader for the BBC. She presents BBC Two's news and current affairs programme Newsnight and as of 2019 is the only Newsnight presenter not to have attended a private school,[1] she also covers elections for the BBC in UK, US and Europe. In January 2014, she became acting political editor of Newsnight when she temporarily replaced Allegra Stratton who took maternity leave until later that year and in 2019 led an all female line-up.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Maitlis was born to British parents in Canada,[2] her paternal grandmother was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany.[2]

Maitlis was raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, where she was educated at the King Edward VII School, her mother was a psychotherapist and her father the chemistry professor Peter Maitlis.[1][3] A Cambridge University graduate who studied at Queens' College, she speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and French, as well as some Mandarin.[4]


Maitlis initially wanted to work as a director, prompted by her love for drama - but instead went into radio broadcasting.[1] Prior to working in news, she was a documentary maker in Cambodia and China, she worked for the NBC network and was based in Hong Kong.

Previously, she spent six years in Hong Kong with TVB News and NBC Asia, initially as a business reporter creating documentaries, and then as a presenter in Hong Kong covering the collapse of the tiger economies in 1997,[5] she also covered the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong with Jon Snow for Channel 4.[6] She then moved to Sky News in the UK as a business correspondent, and then to BBC London News when the programme was relaunched in 2001.

During 2005, Maitlis appeared as the question-master on the game show The National Lottery: Come And Have A Go, she has also presented BBC Breakfast, and from May 2006 until July 2007, she presented STORYFix on BBC News, a light-hearted look at the week's news set to up-beat music.

In July 2007, Maitlis was appointed as a contributing editor to The Spectator magazine, an unpaid post; this had been approved by her immediate manager, the head of BBC Television News Peter Horrocks, but the decision was subsequently overturned by his superior, the BBC News director Helen Boaden.[7]

In 2012, Maitlis presented the US 2012 programme on BBC One and the BBC News Channel alongside David Dimbleby, when US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were fighting to the presidency for the US. In 2016, she began presenting a news discussion programme called This Week's World on BBC Two late afternoon on Saturdays.

Maitlis is one of the main presenters of Newsnight on BBC Two, alongside Kirsty Wark. After each show, before bed, she answers emails from viewers and in April 2019 published a book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News describing how news is produced,[1][8] she also presents relief shifts on the BBC News channel, including the BBC News at Five, and may occasionally present the BBC News at One which is also broadcast on BBC One. Maitlis was a regular presenter on BBC News during 2006, joining as part of a new line-up in April to present alongside Ben Brown from 7pm to 10pm during the week, but was replaced by Joanna Gosling when she went on maternity leave. On Maitlis' return, she began presenting Mondays 2pm – 5pm alongside Jon Sopel until 2013, and currently Simon McCoy on Mondays.

Personal life[edit]

Of Jewish heritage, Maitlis is the daughter of Professor Peter Maitlis FRS, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, and Marion Maitlis, she is married to investment manager Mark Gwynne whom she met while working in Hong Kong.[9] The couple have two children, Milo and Max.[10][11][12] Maitlis is a keen runner[1] and a WellChild Celebrity Ambassador.[13]

She presented the 2019 World Jewish Relief’s annual dinner at London's Guildhall.[14]

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Maitlis revealed that she had proposed to her husband while on holiday in Mauritius in 2000.[15]


During 2002, it was reported that Maitlis had been stalked for over a decade by a former platonic friend from her time at university, Edward Vines. Vines would appear at her place of work, he admitted harassing Maitlis and was sentenced to four months' imprisonment, but he was released because of the time he had spent on remand, although a restraining order was imposed.[16]

In September 2016, the same man was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for breach of a restraining order in respect of Maitlis.[17] In January 2018, Vines was jailed for 3 years and 9 months for breaching a restraining order forbidding him to contact Maitlis,[18] he admitted two charges of breaching the restraining order by sending two letters to Maitlis and emails and letters to her mother in 2015.[19][20] In September 2019, while a prisoner at HMP Ranby, a man with the same name pleaded not guilty to breaching an order restraining him from contacting her by writing a letter with the intention it be passed to her.[21]


Maitlis won Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the 2017 London Press Club Awards[22] and the Network Presenter of the Year 2019 award at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in 2019.[23]


  • Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News (23 April 2019), 352 pages, ISBN 978-0241362853.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hinsliff, Gaby (21 April 2019). "Emily Maitlis: 'I always think, Oh my God, I'm exhausted, I want vodka and bed'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Greenstreet, Rosanna (20 April 2019). "Emily Maitlis: 'I've ended up in prison a number of times'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ Waterson, Jim (22 March 2019). "Emily Maitlis: 'Her winning quality is she doesn't take herself too seriously'". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "'Flirtation, seduction and betrayal'", – interview, The Guardian, 6 March 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2007. "Maitlis, who speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and French (and "crap" Mandarin), is no easy touch."
  5. ^ "Emily Maitlis" Archived 22 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine – profile, "BBC Newsnight", 30 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Emily Maitlis: A lot of front", Archived 19 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine – profile, The Independent, 19 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  7. ^ Stephen Brook "BBC criticised for 'Vicky Pollard management'", The Guardian, 11 July 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2007.
  8. ^ Sturges, Fiona (18 April 2019). "Airhead by Emily Maitlis review – up close with Trump and the Dalai Lama". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Emily Maitlis: 'I always think, Oh my God, I'm exhausted, I want vodka and bed'". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Emily Maitlis: 'I always think, Oh my God, I'm exhausted, I want vodka and bed'". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ "My week: Emily Maitlis" Archived 27 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine The Observer, 7 May 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2007
  12. ^ "My Jewish Moments: Emily Maitlis". The Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Celebrity Ambassadors". WellChild.
  14. ^ "World Jewish Relief supporters help to create a 'modern day miracle'". World Jewish Relief.
  15. ^ "Emily Maitlis reveals what husband Mark REFUSED to do after shock marriage proposal". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  16. ^ "BBC newsreader stalker walks free". BBC News. 19 September 2002. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  17. ^ Gayle, Damien; Quinn, Ruth (5 September 2016). "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for three years". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ Rawlinson, Kevin (16 January 2018). "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for breaching restraining order". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for breaching restraining order". The Guardian. 16 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  20. ^ "BBC star Emily Maitlis' harasser sentenced". BBC News. 16 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Man 'breached Emily Maitlis restraining order'". 6 September 2019 – via
  22. ^ "Press Club Awards 2017".
  23. ^ "Winners of RTS Television Journalism Awards 2019 announced". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News". Michael Joseph. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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