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Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman

Quick Facts

Date of Birth May 11, 1950 (age 63)
Nationality Britist, English
Profession Journalist
Working for BBC since 1977
Ethnicity White, English
Marital Status Married
Spouse Elizabeth Ann Clough
Married on 1985
Children(s) Jack Paxman (Son), Jessica Paxman (Daughter), Victoria Paxman (Daughter)
Qualification Graduation
Education at University of Cambridge
Net Worth(s) £2.7million
Name on Birth Jeremy Dickson Paxman
Divorce Not Yet
Height 1.91 m
Weight N/A
Religion Jewish
Twitter @TheJeremyPaxman

Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting BBC's Newsnight and University Challenge. He is also an author and his books include Friends in High Places, The English and The Political Animal.

Born/Birth

Jeremy Paxman was born Jeremy Dickson Paxman on 11 May 1950, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

Childhood and School College

He was brought up in Yorkshire and Peopleton, near Pershore, Worcestershire. In 1964, he went to Malvern College, an independent school, and later read English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he edited the undergraduate newspaper Varsity. While at Cambridge, Paxman was briefly a member of the Labor Club.

Father, Mother, brother and sister

His mother Joan McKay was a housewife, and his father Arthur Keith Paxman worked in industry. Paxman is the eldest of four children and has two brothers and a sister.

Career and struggle

His journalistic career began in Northern Ireland, where he covered the Troubles for three years. He was a reporter on Tonight and then for five years on Panorama, where assignments took him all over the world.

After a few undistinguished months of Reading Aloud on the Six O'Clock News, he became a presenter in the mid-80s, working first on the regional news programme London Plus (known within the building as "Sod Off Kent") and then on the BBC's Breakfast Time.

For four years he presented Start the Week on Radio Four before deciding that he didn't like getting up that early in the morning. He has chaired University Challenge since 1994, where his capacity for mispronouncing Italian has led to frequent complaints.

His books include Friends in High Places; Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life; The English; The Political Animal and On Royalty, some of which are almost readable.

Jeremy Paxman is arguably Britain's most respected political journalist, renowned for his tough, rigorous interviewing of public figures. He was born in Leeds and educated at a prestigious private school, Malvern College. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English. He joined the BBC as a trainee in 1972 and began working on BBC radio. He worked as a foreign correspondent for BBC television news and read the Six O'clock News. In 1989, Paxman took on what has become the defining job in his career, presenting Newsnight (1980). Although Newsnight had been on the air for nine years previously, and has been presented by other presenters since, Paxman and Newsnight have become synonymous for most people, and he remains with the series to this day.

Wife, Marriage and Divorce

He is happily married to his partner Elizabeth Ann Clough. They live in Stonor, southeast Oxfordshire. They have three children.

Legs, feet, shirtless and pictures

His pictures can be found in the internet at various websites. He is an open person and his pictures are available elsewhere on the web.

Height, weight and age

He is six feet three inches tall which equals 191 centimeters. That is a significant height for a TV personality.

Nationality, Ethnicity

He is an English national and he is from white ethnicity.

Award and Achievement

He was awarded the Richard Dimbleby Award, BAFTA's most prestigious current affairs honor, in 1996 and again in 2000. In 1999, Jeremy received an honorary degree from Bradford University, in recognition of his work as a television journalist. He was awarded as the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for best non-acting performer. He won the Royal Television Society TV journalism presenter of the year award in 2002 and 2007.

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