Ben Thompson

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Ben is a journalist and presenter for BBC News, based in London.  He presents Breakfast, the BBC’s flagship morning news programme and anchors the BBC's global news channel, BBC World News.

With a specialism in international business and finance, Ben has travelled extensively and reported for the BBC from around the world.  Before returning to the studio, Ben was based in New York and Washington as the BBC's North America Business Correspondent. Prior to that, Ben spent three years as the BBC's Middle East Business Correspondent.  He reported from Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE, covering breaking news and developing stories.

In a career spanning 15 years at the BBC, Ben has reported on wars, hurricanes, riots and red carpets. He’s also clocked up a fair few air miles. Ben studied International Business and French at the University of Wales in Cardiff followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.  In 2003, he was awarded a BBC Scholarship.