Stephen Sackur Biography

The HARDtalk, a BBC World News and BBC News Channel current affairs interview show, is hosted by Stephen John Sackur, an English journalist. He was the primary Friday host of GMT on BBC World News. He spent fifteen years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 as well as a number of newspapers and magazines.

How old is Stephen Sackur? – Age

He was born on 9 January 1964 in the English town of Spilsby, U.K. He is 57 years as of 2021.

Where did Stephen Sackur go to school? – Education

Before becoming a Henry Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Spilsby and Emmanuel College in Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA honors degree in history.

Stephen Sackur – Family

Robert Sackur and Sallie Caley, a farmer, were his parents.

Sackur’s Wife

Zina Sabbagh is his wife, and they have three children.

Stephen Sackur The BBC journalist
Stephen Sackur The BBC journalist

What is Stephen Sackur Salary?

His annual income ranges from $ 24,292 to $ 72,507.

Sackur Net Worth

He receives a net worth of $1.5 million dollars.

Stephen Sackur Career

He started as a trainee with the BBC in 1986 and was promoted to one of its foreign affairs journalists in 1990. Sackur covered the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 and Germany’s reunification in 1990 as a BBC Radio journalist. He was one of the BBC team that covered the Gulf War and spent eight weeks embedded with the British Army as a journalist. He was the first correspondent to report the killing of the fleeing Iraqi troops on the route heading out of Kuwait at the end of the conflict. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as the BBC’s Middle East anchor in Cairo, Egypt, and then relocated to Jerusalem in 1995 until 1997. He covered both the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the rise of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority. He was the BBC’s Washington reporter between 1997 and 2002, during which time he covered the Monica Lewinsky controversy. He then covered and interviewed President George W. Bush during the 2000 US Presidential Election. After Saddam Hussein’s departure from power in 2003, Sackur returned to Iraq and was the first to report on the regime’s mass graves. He also moderated a debate on climate change with a panel of five international leaders from South Africa, the Maldives, Sweden, Australia, and Mexico that was televised worldwide by the BBC.
On the Basra Road: Scenes from the Gulf War, which he published in 1991, is one of his best-known works (London Review of Books). Sackur took over as regular host of the BBC news program HARDtalk from veteran journalist Tim Sebastian in 2005.

President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, President Shimon Peres of Israel, Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and Opposition Leader Anwar Gore Vidal, Slavoj Iek, Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky, Jordan Peterson, and Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as Annie Lennox, have all been interviewed.


He was nominated for “Speech Broadcaster of the Year” at the Sony Radio Awards in 2013.

In June 2017, he received an Honorary Doctorate of International Relations (DIR) from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Warwick in July 2018.

‘International TV Personality of the Year’ – Association for International Broadcasting (2013)

BBC HARDtalk presenter (2004 present)

BBC’s Chief Europe Correspondent (2002–2005)

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