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David Shukman Biography

David Shukman who was born as David Roderick Shukman was born on 30 May 1958 inSt Pancras, London, England.

Shukman is a British journalist who is the Science Editor of BBC News.

He was born in 1958 in St. Pancras, London. David is of Jewish ancestry. His grandfather, whom he is named after, was part of the Jewish community who lived in Baranow, Poland, before emigrating and settling in the United Kingdom.

His father’s name was Harold Shukman. He was a Russian scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Shukman’s mother was Ann King-Farlow, also a Russian scholar, of writers such as Alexander Men a Russian theologian.

David attended the Dragon School and Eton College. He then read Geography at Durham University gaining a BA. Shukman graduated with an upper second in 1980 and was a member of Hatfield College.

David Shukman Career

Shukman worked at the Coventry Evening Telegraph from 1980 to 1983 once he joined the BBC. He was a European country newsperson from 1985 to 1987 at a turbulent time in Northern Ireland’s history, then the Defence Correspondent (TV) from 1987 to 1995.

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From then until 1999 he was the European Correspondent and broadening his coverage in 1999. He became the World Affairs Correspondent until 2003 when he became Environment and Science correspondent.

In Jan 2012 Shukman was appointed as the BBC’s 1st science editor. Shukman said: “It’s a privilege to be his new role as a part of the BBC’s drive to boost its science coverage. The science story has never been therefore compelling and I am delighted to be given this chance to guide our coverage and analysis of it.

David Shukman BBC

David is the BBC’s Science Editor, a post he has held since 2012. He is acclaimed for his innovative reporting from the frontlines of global change.

Since joining the BBC back in 1983, he has held a series of key positions in the BBC reporting on conflicts, politics, research, and the environment.

For 2years David covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland before being appointed Defence Correspondent, which took him to Berlin for the fall of the Wall, the Gulf, and some of the former Soviet Union’s most secret nuclear installations.

As a Europe Correspondent based in Brussels, David covered the tensions between the UK and the EU. Later, as the BBC’s Science and Environment correspondent, he reported from more than 80 countries and pioneered the use of the latest technologies to become the first to broadcast live from a wide range of locations – including the heart of the rainforest in Brazil and the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu.

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David Shukman Books

  • Tomorrow’s war: The Threat Of  High Technology
  • An Iceberg As Big As Manhattan
  • The Sorcerers Challenge: Fears

David Shukman Twitter