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Claire Bolderson

News Journalist, Documentary Maker and Presenter


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Claire Bolderson is a news journalist and documentary maker with more than 25 years' experience at the BBC. She was presenter of Newshour, the flagship World Service current affairs programme, and of The World Tonight and Profile on Radio 4.

Claire is a very experienced interviewer, comfortable tackling senior government figures and officials, and respected for drawing personal stories out of interviewees from a wide range of countries and cultures. These have contributed to her reports including breaking the news of the civil war in Aceh, Indonesia in the early 1990s, an exclusive documentary on human rights abuses in Britain's Overseas Territories and a rare live two hour broadcast from Cuba.

Claire is an experienced host of live audience discussion programmes for radio, and has chaired many events including panels of World Service experts in Parliament, the IBM/Prince Charles "Smart Summit" on sustainability and discussions for Amnesty International, the Jamaican High Commission and he Commonwealth Journalists Association.




Claire is a fabulous moderator / event chair. She grasps the subject matter quickly and does a wonderful job at making a script her own without losing or detracting from any of the content. She is a true professional at engaging with an audience and was a joy to work with." UKTI

"Thanks Claire Bolderson for always keeping us updated on Facebook and Twitter. Having a social media platform before the International Dialogue was a great idea!" International Dialogue



UK : £2.5k to £7k

Europe : £2.5k to £7k

US : £7k to £15k

Asia/Middle East : £7k to £15k

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Claire began her broadcasting career in Indonesia as correspondent for the BBC and Financial Times. She went on to be BBC correspondent in Washington in the mid-1990s. Since then she has reported extensively from Africa, Asia and Europe but has specialised in the US, covering every Presidential and Congressional election for the past 18 years.

She anchored BBC World Service programmes on the night of President Obama's historic election in 2008, having covered his campaign for 18 months and witnessed first hand his battle for the nomination through the long Primaries.
Claire also presented the live coverage of President Clinton's impeachment, and anchored BBC radio's The World Tonight on September 11th 2001. Ten years later she hosted a live three hour World Service special anniversary programme from Ground Zero.

Other reports from the United States over the past 18 years include radio documentaries on the religious right, several on the economy and one on how American Muslims integrate in the US. Major feature stories include the plight of injured servicemen returning from Iraq.

In 2007 Claire obtained the first interview with World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz when he was forced to resign in a scandal over the promotion at the Bank of his partner. In this global exclusive Mr Wolfowitz denied any wrong doing, blaming his departure on a media storm preventing him from doing his job.

Claire's work in the US has also included giving speeches to supporters and sponsors of many National Public Radio stations. She was guest speaker at the Adcraft Club of Detroit (the body representing advertisers in the car industry) and spoke as the World Service US expert at a special panel on the economy for members of the UK Parliament. She is also guest lecturer for the Journalism and Society course at New York University's London campus.

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