Katya Adler wins 2019 British Journalism Review Charles Wheeler Award

15th May 2019

Katya Adler has won the 2019 Charles Wheeler award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism, which is now in its 11th year.

Katya is the BBC’s Europe editor, and has become a familiar face and voice during the protracted Brexit negotiations. She started her journalism career with the Austrian public broadcaster ORF before joining the BBC in 1998. After stints as the BBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Madrid and the Middle East, she was appointed as the BBC’s Europe Editor in April 2014.

During her distinguished career, Katya has reported from Kosovo, Asia, North Africa, Mexico, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Libya as well as most European countries. She has written and presented current affairs programmes on the BBC World Service and several long documentaries, as well as recent programmes on the impact of Brexit on both the UK and Europe.

Katya’s ability to decipher and explain the EU’s approach to Britain’s political gridlock has been a defining feature of BBC coverage over the last two years, culminating more recently in the unmissable Brexitcast podcasts. She is fluent in several European languages, and has honorary doctorates from the universities of Bristol and London in recognition of her work.

Katya Adler will be presented with the Charles Wheeler award at a ceremony at the University of Westminster’s newly restored Regent Street Cinema on Monday 17 June at 5:45pm. 

The event will also feature a keynote speech by James Naughtie, an eminent broadcaster and author who has presented Today on Radio 4 for twenty-one years and is now special correspondent for BBC News. James joined the BBC in 1988 after a career in newspapers – The Press and Journal, The Scotsman and The Guardian – and has since reported from around the world. He presents Radio 4’s Bookclub and is the author of several books, including The Rivals which charted the stormy political relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and two political thrillers. He is now writing an account of experiences in the United States over more than forty years, to be published in October.


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