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Barbara Serra

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Barbara Serra

Italian-born British-based journalist and TV newsreader, who presents from London on Al Jazeera add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1975.

Countries: United Kingdom (24%), Italy (18%), Afghanistan (18%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Al Jazeera, RAI, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Linked to: City University, London, London School of Economics, Al Jazeera, BBC




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Barbara Serra was born in 1975 add something


In 1993, she moved to the UK to read International Relations at the London School of Economics, and trained as a journalist via a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London add something


In 2003, she joined Sky News as a reporter, working on both domestic and international assignments add something


In July 2005, as part of a Sky News deal to deliver Five News, she became presenter of the evening News on four nights on Five add something


Serra left Five News in April 2006, when it was announced that she had joined Al Jazeera English as one of its London-based news presenters add something


In September 2007 she started co-presenting on Italian state TV RAI, on a weekly programme called "TV Talk" from the Al Jazeera studios in London add something


Serra married lawyer and former "Sunday Times" journalist Mark Austin in July 2008 add something


Also in 2009, she shadowed Pope Benedict XVI on his trip around the Middle East add something


Her work with Al Jazeera English included the breaking news report that Palestinian farmers were been attacked by Israelis in the West Bank in 2009 add something


In 2013, Serra interviewed Anders Fogh Rasmussen, where he discussed NATO's involvement in Afghanistan and the success of its operations in the region add something


Serra reports and anchors on location for big stories for the news and was live on air in 2013 as the conclave in Rome elected Pope Francis add something


Serra presented a TEDx talk in the city of Matera, Italy in 2014 add something


In March 2014, Serra was recognised by winning the Comete award for her book released in the same year add something


In November 2015, Serra became only the second woman to receive the prestigious 12 Apostles award, after Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini was awarded it in 1991 add something


In March 2017, she presented the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism awards, which took place in Mayfair, London add something