BBC’s Clive Myrie: Who is the Bolton journalist and how did he end up in Ukraine



BBC journalist Clive Myrie will be a familiar face to many.

Clive, who grew up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, is a seasoned BBC reporter and hosts a popular quiz show.

He’s been a foreign correspondent for the BBC for almost 26 years, having previously reported from Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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In recent weeks, he’s earned praise from viewers and politicians alike for his work covering the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Talking to The Big Issue, he said there’s an ‘adrenaline rush’ in working on the frontline that ‘makes you want to go back for more’.

He added: “Although for me I don’t think it’s the sense that I’m potentially in danger – it’s just about telling stories from incredible places.

“And, usually, you see the very best of human nature and the very worst of human nature in a conflict situation.

“Those are the best, most fascinating moments – when you’re going to get the most interesting human stories.”

So, how did Clive Myrie become the reporter he is today?

Who is Clive Myrie?

Clive Myrie is a journalist, newsreader and television presenter. Not only is he a regular anchor on BBC’s News at Six and News at Ten bulletins, he’s been the host of Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind since August 2021.

Myrie joined the BBC in 1987 via its graduate journalism programme. Starting out as a trainee local radio reporter, he worked his way up and became a BBC foreign correspondent in 1996.

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Since then, he’s been reported from all over the world, including conflict zones such as Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Ukraine. He also worked as a correspondent from Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and Asia.

In 2009, Myrie joined the BBC News Channel and led BBC One weekday bulletins in 2014. He also presented BBC World News, including its coverage of the 2016 US presidential election.

Myrie is also known for his love of jazz music, and has cited Miles Davis as one of his favorite performers. Last year, I have hosted a radio documentary series – The Definitive History of Jazz in Britain – for Jazz FM.

Where was Clive Myrie born?

Clive Myrie was born in Bolton in 1964. His parents are Jamaican migrants who first settled in Britain in the 1960s. His mother was a seamstress who worked for fashion designer Mary Quant, while his father was a factory worker.

His mum, Lynne, has spoken of her pride in her son’s achievements. “When Clive first appeared on television it was exciting for all of us. We wouldn’t miss a programme,” she told the Sunday Times.

“He’s on so much now that, to be honest, it has worn off,” she added. “I am proud of what he has achieved but I found it a big worry when he was reporting on wars around the world.”

Is Clive Myrie married?

Clive Myrie is married to wife Catherine, who works as an upholsterer and furniture restorer. The couple first met in 1992, reports Wales Online.

Why is Clive Myrie still in Ukraine?

When asked why he was still reporting from Kyiv as Russian forces drew closer to the city, Clive Myrie insisted that it was essential for reporters to continue to provide accurate coverage of the ongoing conflict.

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“We feel that we want to tell the story of this war and tell it accurately and fairly,” he explained. Myrie added that with so much misinformation about the conflict, it was important for journalists to be “truthful to this story”.

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