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Emily Maitlis is the lead presenter on BBC Newsnight

Emily was born in Canada and raised in Sheffield.

She began her career in news in the Far East, in the lead up to the Hong Kong Handover – and reported from Cambodia, China and the Philippines, before joining Sky news in the UK as a business correspondent.

Emily came to the BBC in 2001, initially as the main presenter of the revamped BBC London News, before joining Newsnight. She became the programme’s political editor in 2012, briefly, before moving into full time presenting for Newsnight and reporting much of its US political coverage.

Alongside the BBC Two programme she has a primary role in covering the US, UK and European elections for the BBC. She has made documentaries for BBC Two, on Donald Trump, Nicolas Sarkozy, Mark Zuckerberg and, for Radio 4, on Madonna. She writes regularly for UK newspapers and magazines.

Emily Maitlis was in Washington for NewsNight tonight on the eve on the 2020 US Presidential election.

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