Matt Prodger

Former Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC News

Biography

Matt Prodger is a former BBC journalist, who now works in communications.
From 2011-2015 he was Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC News, working on all the broadcaster’s television and radio outlets. He also worked as a Newsnight correspondent and a foreign correspondent.

He was born in Britain but spent much of his childhood in The Middle East.

He was later educated at a comprehensive school in Scotland and ignored the advice of his school careers advisor who told him he’d be wasting his time applying to Oxford University. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the university’s Hertford College.

Matt began his journalistic career in local newspapers and radio in Scotland, and briefly worked for a Lebanese newspaper before joining the BBC in 1996 as a reporter. He moved to World Service radio in 1998.

He spent three years working for the station’s flagship news programmes Newshour, The World Today, Assignment and From Our Own Correspondent. He also worked as a field producer and reporter in India, Pakistan, Jerusalem, Gaza, Egypt and Lebanon.
He later joined BBC World TV as a producer, and worked for BBC Breakfast News as a reporter before becoming the BBC’s Balkans Correspondent based in Belgrade, where he covered the former Yugoslavia. In 2006 he reported on the Lebanon war from Israel and Syria and in 2008 went undercover in Burma in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

In 2009 he joined the BBC’s flagship current affairs daily Newsnight as a correspondent where among other stories he covered the MP’s expenses and phone hacking scandals. He also secured an exclusive interview with Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh and reported on the rise of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

In 2015 Matt left journalism to advise institutions and corporations on communications and strategy. He has worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat and is currently Director of Communications for a consultancy specialising in complex financial modelling.

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