Laura Kuenssberg Wiki-Biogrphy
She is a British journalist. In July 2015 she succeeded Nick Robinson as political editor of BBC News, the first woman to hold the position. The Brexit Storm Continues: Laura Kuenssberg’s Inside Story review – more manic by the minute.
Born 8 August 1976Italy
Education Laurel Bank School
Alma mater University of Edinburgh Georgetown University
Spouse(s) James KellyRelativesJoanna Kuenssberg (sister)
Early life and education
Kuenssberg was born in Italy in 1976 to Nick and Sally Kuenssberg. Her father is a businessman and her mother worked in children’s services and received a CBE for this in the 2000 New Year Honours. Her paternal grandfather was Ekkehard von Kuenssberg, a co-founder, and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Her maternal grandfather was the Scottish high court judge Lord Robertson and his brother Sir James Wilson Robertson was the last British Governor-General of Nigeria. Her older brother David is executive director of finance and resources at Brighton and Hove City Council. Her older sister Joanna Kuenssberg is a diplomat, and a former high commissioner to Mozambique.
After returning to the UK, she worked for local radio and then cable television in Glasgow, before joining BBC North East and Cumbria in March 2000 as a trainee journalist. Kuenssberg won a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as home affairs correspondent, and produced segments for the social affairs editor Niall Dickson.
Appointed chief political correspondent for BBC News, Kuenssberg reported for BBC One bulletins, Daily Politics and BBC News. In May 2010, her presence was so ubiquitous in the period between the general election and the formation of a coalition government under David Cameron, that journalist David Aaronovitch coined the term “Kuenssbergovision”.
BBC political editor
In July 2015 she was appointed as the BBC’s political editor, the first woman to hold the position. In January 2016 Kuenssberg was involved in arranging for the Labour MP Stephen Doughty to publicly announce his resignation as a shadow foreign office minister on Daily Politics. The incident was the subject of an official complaint from Seumas Milne, the Labour Party’s director of communications, which was rejected by Robbie Gibb, then the BBC’s head of live political programmes.
In December 2016, Kuenssberg said a source had told her that the Queen had made comments supportive of leaving the EU in a private lunch at Windsor Castle. She initially decided not to report the comments because the BBC generally requires a story to have two sources before it can run.
During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump, Kuenssberg recalled a number of controversial statements Trump made on the campaign trail, and asked Trump if he had anything to say to UK viewers “worried about you becoming the leader of the free world?” Trump responded, “That’s your choice of a question? [To May] There goes that relationship.”
Kuenssberg is married to James Kelly, a management consultant. They live in East London.