Ben Brown Biography

Benjamin Russell Brown is a British journalist and newscaster for the BBC News channel. Ben Brown is a BBC News at One and BBC Weekend News presenter. Ben occasionally appears on the News Channel between 14:00 and 17:00 p.m.

How old is Ben Brown? – Age

Brown was born on 26th May 1960 in Ashford, United Kingdom. He is 61 years as of 2021.

Where did Ben Brown go to school? – Education

He received an Open Scholarship to Keble College in Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics before graduating with honors from the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies. He started his career as a reporter for Glasgow’s Radio Clyde, then went on to Radio City in Liverpool.

Ben Brown – Family

He was brought up by his parents. His dad worked as a newscaster for ITN while the mother is not mentioned. He has as well not mentioned his siblings.

Brown’s Wife

He is married to Hester Mary MacKinnon. The couple has three children.

Ben Brown The BBC journalist
Ben Brown The BBC journalist

What is Brown’s Salary?

He earns $150,000 annually.

Brown Net Worth

Ben has a net worth of $4 million, according to estimates.

Ben Brown Career

Brown joined Independent Radio News in 1986, where he covered major events such as superpower summits and the Hungerford atrocity. He joined BBC TV News two years later and served as a Foreign Affairs Correspondent until 1991, reporting from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War.
In 1991, he was appointed as the Moscow Correspondent, where he saw the ultimate collapse of Communism and the killing of Mikhail Gorbachev. He was in the Russian Parliament when forces loyal to President Boris Yeltsin seized it in 1993, and he was in Chechnya when the civil war began the following year.
His coverage of the battle gained him numerous international awards, including the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year Award and the Golden Nymph Award from the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

In January 1995, Brown returned to his roaming job as a foreign reporter stationed in London. He extensively covered Yugoslavia’s breakup, reporting from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo, where his stories helped the BBC win numerous awards, including a BAFTA. In 2001, he earned the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents for the second time for his coverage of the Israeli Intifada.
Brown was most recently assigned to British soldiers during the 2003 Iraq War. Ben talks about his experiences in his book, The Battle for Iraq, including how a British soldier saved his life by opening fire on an Iraqi militiaman who was about to kill Ben in the back with a rocket-propelled grenade. In 1991, Ben covered the first Gulf War, and his book, All Necessary Means, was also released at the time.

Viewers criticized Brown in December 2010 for employing a “quite accusatory” tone in an interview with Jody McIntyre, a cerebral palsy campaigner who had been pulled from his wheelchair by Metropolitan Police officers during a student protest march across London.

 Other work

Sandstealers is a book written by Brown that is based on his experiences as a combat reporter. HarperCollins released the novel in May of 2009.


  • Brown, Ben (1991) All Necessary Means: Gulf War and Its Aftermath BBC Books ISBN 0-563-36304-5

Beck, S & Downing, The Battle for Iraq: BBC News Correspondents on the War against Saddam and a New World Agenda BBC Books ISBN 0-563-48787-9 (2003)



1. Bayeux Award for War Correspondent of the Year

2. Winner of the Golden Nymph Award
3. He was awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award.

4. In 2001, he was awarded the Bayeux-Calvados Award for his coverage of the Israeli Intifada.

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