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Gavin Esler was born in Glasgow, February 27, 1953. Gavin Esler is currently one of the five main presenters on BBC Two's flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight. He joined the programme in January 2003. Esler also presents Dateline London most Sunday mornings at 11am on BBC News 24. The programme is also broadcast on BBC World. Esler also hosts Radio 4 factual series, Four Corners along with fellow Scottish broadcaster, Anne MacKenzie. Recently he has begun to present the Five O'Clock News with Huw Edwards on News 24 when Edwards is away.
Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, Esler gained a BA in English and American literature from the University of Kent and a further MA in Anglo-Irish literature from the University of Leeds in 1975. He first entered journalism on the Belfast Telegraph in 1976.
Esler joined the BBC in 1977 as Northern Ireland reporter, and extended his role upon joining Newsnight in 1982. Esler was then made Washington correspondent and later chief North America correspondent for the BBC, in charge of shaping coverage across the whole continent for the corporation, and covering both the earlier George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
Esler also spent several years during the mid 1980s as presenter of BBC One's regional news programme for London and the South East of England - Newsroom South East.
He shaped and directed coverage for the BBC's rolling news service BBC News 24 on the Clinton/Lewinsky scandals. His report on the military build up in the Aleutian islands as part of the Reagan administration's New Maritime Strategy earned him a Royal Television award.
Esler's journalistic credentials extend further across the globe, however: he has reported for news and documentary programmes across Europe, Russia, China and North and South America. He writes a regular column for The Scotsman, The Independent and other publications.
He is married with two children and his hobbies include camping, hiking and skiing.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 December 2008. An excellent debut with the perfect combination of politics, sex and scandal. The narrative gives a fast pace to the story and the reader gets a real sense of situations spiralling out of control. Looking forward to his next book already!
Great leaders have always understood the power of stories. Through the stories they tell, the most successful leaders educate, persuade and bring about change, but we rarely have the background knowledge to explore how they do so. In this hugely insightful guide to getting to the top, leading journalist Gavin Esler presents first-hand knowledge of the secrets of those who achieve power based on over thirty years' experience interviewing world famous figures from Bill Clinton to Angelina Jolie. Introducing the questions every leader must answer - and the elements that the best stories must contain - Esler explains how creating a leadership story can promote success at all levels, whether running for the United States presidency or applying for a place at university. Spanning fields from business and culture to the military and even taking in lessons from terrorism, Lessons from the Top offers a fascinating portrait of leadership in the modern world - and shows how the methods of the most powerful leaders could work for you.
There are no real enemies, no real fear - only those of our own creation. Another brilliant and thrilling adventure from the co-host of BBC's Newsnight. The Anglo-American `Special Relationship' is in deep trouble. The ambitious vice-president, Bobby Black, who wields greater influence over foreign affairs than his titular boss, has fallen out with the British PM. The young British Ambassador to Washington knows he must step in. He is in a delicate position however-with the expectations of the British Government on him,as well as those of his father-in-law, the PM. In a bid to orchastrate some good PR, Black is invited to England, accompanied by a plane load of assistants and CIA security. Guided by his aristocratic host, he goes out to the moors - and disappears. He is not seen again until humiliating photographs begin to appear, and then again, silence. The Americans are outraged that their VP has gone missing on British soil and the relationship between the two countries seem irrevocably damaged. But what can be done? Missing but not confirmed dead is a constitutional grey area, and should Black reappear, can he ever be trusted again?