Laura is an anchor of the BBC’s World News America broadcast. She was the BBC’s UN correspondent from 2006 to 2009. As the BBC’s United Nations Correspondent, she covered the diplomatic activity at United Nations HQ in New York, and the world body’s humanitarian and peacekeeping work in the field. She travelled with the new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on his first overseas trip, which was to Africa in January 2007.
Laura has reported from Darfur on the UN’s attempts to deploy peacekeepers there, and from the International Criminal Court in the Hague when the Prosecutor accused Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir of committing war crimes and genocide in Darfur. She has also reported from Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya on the UN’s work there. When Ban Ki-moon went to Burma to meet the ruling generals after Cyclone Nargis, she was one of only a handful of journalists to accompany him.
Laura covered the 2008 US presidential race, reporting on the primary campaign and President George Bush’s visit to Africa in February 2008, reporting from Liberia, Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda. She also presents BBC World News bulletins.
Before moving to New York in 2004, Laura was a Political Correspondent for BBC TV and radio news, appointed in June 1999. She covered the conservative campaign in the 2001 General Election across all BBC TV and radio news outlets, reported for Newsnight, and then reported on the 2004 US Presidential Election as the BBC One One O’Clock News correspondent before returning to the UK to present the One’s coverage of the 2005 UK general election campaign.
Laura’s first job at the BBC was in 1993 as a researcher for Breakfast News. From there she moved to Newsnight as an assistant producer, before joining BBC One’s On The Record as a reporter in 1994, during which she covered the Northern Ireland peace process after the IRA ceasefire. As a reporter for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme from 1998 to 1999, Laura reported on Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Laura was educated at Parliament Hill Girls School in North London before going on to gain a first class degree in politics from Bristol University in 1990 and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the University of Wales College, Cardiff in 1991. She began her career as a general reporter for London Newspaper Group titles, such as the Hammersmith Chronicle in 1991. She joined Channel 4 as a researcher on A Week In Politics in 1992.
In 2006, Laura published a book about her ancestors: A Very British Family, The Trevelyans And Their World.