Speaker Bios

Laura Kuenssberg

Keynote Speaker

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg is the first woman to hold the post and prior to that served as a presenter of Newsnight. She has previously served as ITN’s Business Editor and Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News. She has also reported for The Daily Politics.

After studying in Edinburgh and Washington DC (including a stint on NBC News covering politics) Laura began her journalistic career on local radio. After winning a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as Home Affairs Correspondent her first national exposure was reporting for Channel 4 News. She then moved to BBC News as Chief Political Correspondent in time to be an almost ubiquitous feature of the broadcaster’s 2010 general election coverage, leading to the term “Kuenssbergovision” being coined.

After a brief spell at ITV as ITN’s Business Editor and co-hosting News at Ten, Laura returned to the BBC and Newsnight. Replacing Nick Robinson as Political Editor she’s covered all of the big political stories and interviewed the key players. She has also covered US presidential elections, the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the accession of eastern European states to the EU.

As well as her news and political broadcasting, Laura is a prominent figure on Twitter, regularly tweeting breaking news updates from Westminster.