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Christian James Fraser (born 13 November 1973) is a British writer and award winning BBC broadcaster, specialising in news and current affairs.
Fraser was a long time foreign correspondent for BBC based in Nairobi, Rome, Cairo, and Paris. He is currently the BBC's Senior News Correspondent, and based in London presenting on major international stories. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, he has co-hosted 100 Days, 100 Days+ and Beyond 100 Days alongside Katty Kay at 7pm on BBC News and BBC Four.
Fraser was born in Burnley, Lancashire. He attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, before graduating in Spanish and Business Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. He joined Trinity Mirror in 1995, as a trainee reporter, working for the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mirror. He became a full staff correspondent on the Daily Mirror in 1996 before joining the BBC in 2000.
Life and careerEdit
Fraser began his professional broadcasting career as an investigative reporter for BBC Radio Five Live. In 2002 and 2003 he reported on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spent several months in Baghdad reporting on the transition. In 2004 he embedded with the Welsh Guards in Al Amarah where British forces were battling the insurgency of Muqtada al-Sadr. In 2005 he collected Gold at the Sony Radio Awards for Five Live's rolling coverage of The Tsunami, which Fraser presented through the night. In 2005 he was posted to Nairobi, where he reported on the wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan and in 2006 he was nominated in the News Journalist of the Year category at the Sony Radio Awards. In the summer of 2006 he moved to Rome, where he was the BBC's correspondent for almost two years. In that time he reported on the war in Lebanon and in 2007 in Italy he covered the murder of Meredith Kercher and the trial of Amanda Knox. A year later he moved to Cairo. Fraser was the only British correspondent inside Gaza in 2007 during the Israeli invasion, known as Operation Cast Lead. He spent a week in the Palestinian city of Rafah as the Israeli's dismantled the tunnels. At the Prix Bayeux in 2007 he was recognised in the international radio category for his reports on child casualties. In 2010 he covered the revolution in Egypt for BBC TV and was appointed that year as the BBC's correspondent in Paris. In 2011 he reported on the war in Libya, first from the rebel held Benghazi and then from Tripoli as the war dragged on. In 2014 he returned to London as the BBC News Channel's Senior News Correspondent, reporting from Crimea, during the Russian takeover. In 2015/16 he presented live coverage of the unfolding terrorist attacks in France and Belgium. He now presents for the BBC News Channel, BBC World, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4's PM programme.
Christian is married to Topaz Amoore, he has two children and lives in London. He supports Burnley F.C..
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- BBC News website
- Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn website