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Karin Giannone (born 2 January 1974) is a South African-born British television newsreader working in the United Kingdom. She is the London-based main presenter of the weekend daytime coverage on BBC World News. She is a main presenter of World News Today, along with Philippa Thomas and Kasia Madera, which is broadcast on BBC Four, the BBC News Channel and BBC World News.
2 January 1974
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Education||Moira House Girls School, Sussex
George Watson's College, Edinburgh
Cranbrook School, Kent
|Alma mater||Newnham College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Journalist, Television Presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||Editor of Varsity
BBC World News
World News Today with Karin Giannone
Giannone was educated at Moira House School, an independent school for girls in Eastbourne in Sussex, George Watson's College, a co-educational independent school in Edinburgh, and Cranbrook School, a co-educational state grammar school in Kent, followed by Newnham College, Cambridge, where she studied Modern Languages, and graduated with a first class honours degree. She speaks French, German and Italian. She was the editor of Cambridge University’s Varsity student newspaper in 1994–95.
Giannone edited the student magazine Varsity magazine at Cambridge, which led to work experience at Anglia Television and on graduation in 1997 she joined the regional ITV station in Norwich as a news trainee, producing, reporting and presenting for regional news bulletins. In 1999 her language and broadcasting skills helped her land a role as a reporter and presenter for Channel 4’s Football Italia series, where she covered the Italian Soccer scene for a season, flying between the UK and Italy every week. She returned to Anglia in 2000 as a presenter and reporter, this time for the programme for the east of the region covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. She also followed troops from the region for a series of reports from Afghanistan in 2002.
Giannone then moved to London to present a variety of shifts for Sky News, before joining BBC News in 2005. Her work assignments have included a stint presenting World News Today on the BBC World News channel from Washington at 10:00 pm EST during July/August 2008.
She presented live coverage from South Africa following the death of Nelson Mandela in 2013.
From 3 March 2014, Giannone presented live coverage on the BBC News Channel at the trial of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria, South Africa. She is now a regular presenter of World News Today and Impact on the BBC World News channel.
Giannone lives in London with her husband Neil Rowbottom. The couple have three children. Her interests include street dance, horse-riding, going to the gym, scuba diving, travelling, eating out (especially Indian food) and watching lots of television, with news and documentaries her favourite programmes.