Orla Guerin is an international correspondent for the BBC.
During Guerin's tenue at the BBC she has covered some of the world's most monumental stories. She joined the BBC as news correspondent in 1995 and in January 1996 was posted to the West Coast of America (based in Los Angeles) where she handled a variety of stories including the Oscars. She was BBC's Southern Europe correspondent, based in Rome, from July 1996 to June 2000. During this period she reported regularly on the Kosovo conflict. In 1999 she reported from Macedonia on the plight of the refugees fleeing the border. Upon re-entering Kosovo, as Nato forces took control, she covered the eventual return of thousands of refugees who had been forced from their homes. Orla also reported extensively on the conflict in the Basque country in Northern Spain. She broke the story of the cease-fire by the Basque separatist group ETA in October 1998, which was a world exclusive. Her documentary on ETA for BBC Two's Correspondent program was nominated for a Bafta award.
More recent coverage of hers in 2018 includes an investigative report titled "The shadow over Egypt", where she reported the alleged forced disappearance of Egyptian Nationals, including a young female called Zubeida, whose mother claimed was kidnapped by security forces in April 2017. In 2019, Guerin was the BBC correspondent in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, during the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis and protests. In January 2020, Guerin's reporting from the Yad Vashem Center in Jerusalem on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz caused controversy, being criticized for appearing to link the Israeli–Palestinian conflict to the Holocaust.
Guerin qualified as a journalist in 1985 with a Certificate in Journalism from the College of Commerce in Dublin. She also holds a Masters Degree in Film Studies from University College Dublin. In 2002 Guerin was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex and won the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the London Press Club. In 2003, she was awarded the News and Factual Award by Women in Film and Television UK.
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