BBC's Jeremy Bowen to receive honorary degree

The BBC’s Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, is to receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University.

For many years Jeremy has covered political change and transition in the Middle East, offering insightful analysis of this complex region.

Kathie Moore, Dean of the School of Social Sciences

The BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, is to receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University. Mr Bowen, recently named the Royal Television Society Television Journalist of the Year, will receive a Doctor of Social Science award at the University's degree ceremony on 22 July.

The award is given in recognition of his significant contribution to understanding the nature and complexities of contemporary affairs, particularly in the Middle East, and raising awareness by providing an informed account of politics in that part of the world.

In his current role with the BBC, Mr Bowen has covered wars, revolutions, civil strife and disasters on four continents. He has reported from more than 80 countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Rwanda.

He has been with the BBC for 30 years, joining the corporation in 1984 after graduating from University College London with a degree in history. He got his first overseas correspondent posting in Geneva, three years later.

For a few years he took a break from war zones, and co-presented the BBC Breakfast programme - even appearing on Children in Need in entertaining costumes when the news team did their party piece.

For most of the last decade, however, he has been back reporting from the Middle East.

Mr Bowen received an award for Best Breaking News Report from the Royal Television Society in 1996, for his coverage of the assassination of Israel's President Rabin. Together with the BBC, he also won an Emmy for the 2006 Lebanon war coverage, and a BAFTA for reports from Kosovo in 1999.

In 2013, he was named the Royal Television Society specialist journalist of the year. He has also won two Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents - one for coverage of the Syria war and one for best film for a Panorama report on the 2009 Gaza war.

Other recognition includes a Sony Gold for News Story of the Year on the arrest of Saddam Hussein, and in 2010 one of his profession's most prestigious honours - the Charles Wheeler Award - named after the BBC's celebrated and longest-serving foreign correspondent.

Mr Bowen has also written books on his experiences and the wider issues behind the events he covers.

"For many years Jeremy has covered political change and transition in the Middle East, offering insightful analysis of this complex region," said Kathie Moore, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University's School of Social Sciences.

She said: His work closely aligns with the teaching and expertise of staff in the Politics and International Relations team, especially within the Middle East and North Africa research cluster. Jeremy is a representative of the type of engaged and informed global citizen that is nurtured by our Politics and International Relations courses.

"He is an inspiring ambassador for our staff, students and alumni."

Mr Bowen will receive his award during a graduation ceremony at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.

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BBC's Jeremy Bowen to receive honorary degree

Published on 16 July 2014
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