Laura Kuenssberg is a Scottish journalist, who in July 2015 was appointed as the political editor of BBC News, the first woman to hold the position. In February 2016, Kuenssberg’s rivalry with ITV’s Robert Peston made its way to the headlines.
Laura Juliet Kuenssberg, of age 40 is the daughter of Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg and his wife Sally Kuenssberg. Her paternal grandfather was the German-born Dr. Ekkehard von Kuenssberg, a founder, and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Her maternal grandfather was Lord Robertson who was a High Court of Judiciary judge. Born in Italy and brought up in Glasgow, Kuenssberg attended Laurel Bank School, an independent girls' school. Kuenssberg studied history at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a journalism course at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where she completed her education and worked on an NBC News political program.
Her career started in local radio and then she joined BBC North East and Cumbria in early 2000. Kuenssberg won a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as home affairs correspondent. Kuenssberg reported for Channel 4 News prior to moving to the BBC. She then worked at Channel 4.
Appointed as the chief political correspondent for BBC News, Kuenssberg reported for BBC One bulletins, The Daily Politics, and BBC News Channel. In May 2010, her presence was so ubiquitous in the period between the general election and the formation of a coalition government under David Cameron that journalist David Aaronovitch coined the term "Kuenssbergovision”.
In September 2011, Kuenssberg took up the newly created role of business editor for ITV News and was replaced at BBC News by Norman Smith from BBC Radio 4. She also contributed towards business reporting on ITV's current affairs strand, Tonight. In February 2014, she left ITV to return to the BBC as chief correspondent and a presenter of Newsnight. In July 2015 she was appointed as the BBC's political editor, the first woman to ever hold the position. Kuenssberg was involved in arranging for the Labour MP Stephen Doughty to publicly announce his resignation as a shadow foreign office minister on the Daily Politics television program in early January 2016. The incident was the subject of an official complaint from Seumas Milne, the Labour Party's director of communications, which was rejected by Robbie Gibb, the BBC's head of live political programs.
Laura K. maintains a very prim-proper appearance with sleek blond bob and a dinky wheelie suitcase accompanying her to almost everywhere. Talking about her significant traits, Dailymail cited her as a vigorous nodder stating, “Likes to flick her hair off her face and is a vigorous nodder when conducting interviews — to the point that you wonder if she thinks the interviewee (often a Cabinet minister) is a half-wit.”
Apart from her full-time work in BBC, the Kuenssberg is often seen tweeting and retweeting about worldly affairs, we wonder how she finds time for her husband and children. She lives in East London with her family and is rumored to be earning an appealing salary of £200,000.