Emma Jane Kirby was educated at Chelmsford County High School for Girls and at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, where she studied English. She joined the BBC on work experience after graduation and has never left the Corporation since! After 3 years working in local radio (Radio Oxford), she joined Five Live and then became the Woman’s Hour reporter. Radio 4 documentaries followed and BBC World Television. In 2001, she began her career as a foreign correspondent, first based in Geneva as UN Correspondent, making several TV and radio documentaries in Afghanistan, then as Europe Correspondent in Brussels, and then Paris Correspondent. On returning to the UK four years ago, she took up a Fellowship at the Reuters Institute at Green College, Oxford where she wrote a paper on President Sarkozy’s influence over the French media. She’s now a reporter with BBC Radio 4’s the World at One, PM and Broadcasting House, where she focuses on Europe. She continues to make specialist programmes for BBC Radio 4 on France, including “France: Sinking Slowly?” for Radio 4’s Analysis which asked whether the Fifth Republic needed to reinterpret Colbertism. She lives between Paris and London.
Journalist & Life Peer
Professor of Journalism
Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander
Chairman, UN Association of the UK
Founder, Kitchen Table Partners
Co-founder & Head Chef, Hello Fresh