Caroline Wyatt

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Caroline Wyatt (born 1967) is the BBC News defence correspondent, although in July 2014 she will switch to covering religious affairs.[1] She has been a BBC News journalist for more than 20 years.

Life and career[edit]

Wyatt was born in Darlinghurst, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and was adopted by a British diplomat.[2][3] She was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School (subsequently renamed Woldingham School), an independent school in Woldingham, Surrey, England. She then went on to study English and German at Southampton University, which included six months at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. After graduating from Southampton, she studied for a postgraduate diploma in print journalism, at City University, London.[1]

Wyatt joined the BBC in 1991 as a news and current affairs trainee. She was based in Germany between 1993 and 2000, first as Berlin correspondent then Bonn correspondent. She was then the BBC's Moscow correspondent until 2003, when she became the corporation's Paris correspondent. She became defence correspondent in October 2007.[1]

War reporting[edit]

Wyatt reported from Baghdad during the December 1998 bombing of Iraq. She covered the 1999 Kosovo conflict from Albania and Kosovo. In 2001-2, she reported on the war in Afghanistan from the headquarters of the Afghan Northern Alliance. She also covered the Iraq War in spring 2003 as an embedded journalist with the British troops in and around Basra.[1]

Wyatt chaired the jury of the 2008 Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.[4]

Radio presenting[edit]

Wyatt has occasionally presented for BBC Radio on the Radio 4 programmes The World Tonight, From Our Own Correspondent and the Saturday edition of PM, as well as Europe Today, Newshour and Outlook on the BBC World Service. She has also co-presented Euronews on BBC Radio 5 Live.[1]

Religious affairs[edit]

In July 2014 Wyatt will become the BBC's religious affairs correspondent, taking over from Robert Piggott.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e BBC - Press Office - Caroline Wyatt. Last updated September 2008.
  2. ^ Caroline Wyatt • Q and A • TV Newsroom. Accessed 2009-08-19.
  3. ^ Wyatt, Caroline; Hughes, Scott (23 February 1998). "CV: Caroline Wyatt: Bonn Correspondent, BBC". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ Official website of the Bayeux Calvados Award: Caroline Wyatt. Accessed 2008-08-20.
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