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Wyatt was born in Darlinghurst, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and was adopted by a British diplomat. 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.
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 their Paris correspondent. She became defence correspondent in October 2007.
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.
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.