Award-winning journalist Ben Hunte has just been named as the first ever LGBT Correspondent for BBC News. The newly-created role will report on stories, issues and debates surrounding sexuality and gender and focus on providing insight and analysis on matters affecting the LGBT community in the UK.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this important new role for BBC News and I am looking forward to finding and telling stories from the LGBT community,” Hunte writes about his new gig.
The 27-year-old graduated from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus with a degree in Neuroscience, before studying TV Journalism at City University of London. He’s played a key part during the coverage of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season and presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra called The Ben Hunte Interviews. In 2018, he became the presenter of BBC What’s New?, the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa.
“BBC News has a rich heritage of covering issues and debates from the LGBT community. This year we announced our first gender and identity correspondent, Megha Mohan, and I’m thrilled that Ben will be taking up this dedicated role which aims to strengthen our offering of LGBT stories and original journalism across the BBC”. – Richard Burgess, UK News Editor for BBC News
Hunte was born in the United Kingdom and is of Guyanese and Jamaican descent. Check out a few pics of the journalist below.