Claire Bolderson is a news journalist and documentary maker with more than 25 years’ experience at the BBC. She was presenter of Newshour on the World Service and The World Tonight on Radio 4 and continues to make documentaries for BBC radio. 

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 returned repeatedly to the US to report while also broadcasting from Africa, Europe and Asia.

Included in the major news events Claire has presented are key moments in the Arab Spring and the

      1. election of President Obama

In her foreign reporting she broke news of the civil war in Aceh, Indonesia in the early 1990s and covered the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. In 2002 her documentary on human rights abuses in Britain’s Overseas Territories led to questions being asked in the UK Parliament about the government’s responsibilities for these territories.

In 2007 Claire scored a global exclusive in an interview with World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz shortly after he was forced to resign. Other exclusives include an interview with a member of the “Cuban Five” from inside the California jail where he is serving time for espionage and conspiracy to murder.

Claire is a regular guest commentator on the Weekend  programme on BBC World Service . She trains academics in communicating their research with the media and policy makers and is an experienced moderator and facilitator at conferences and public events. Claire devised and teaches the Media and Society course for the University of North Carolina’s London honours programme.

Claire graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Today she lives in London where she is Chair of Governors at a local primary school.