Jonathan Samuels has broadcast around the world for Sky News, the BBC and Channel 5 news, reporting on everything from wars and natural disasters to royal tours and celebrity shenanigans.

Jonathan wanted to be a broadcaster since he was a geeky kid, dressing up as a newsreader and making his sister operate a TV camera made out of cereal boxes.

Thirty years on he is now co-presenting the Sky News breakfast programme, Sunrise.

Jonathan aged 8, perfecting his news-reading technique

Jonathan today, presenting Sky's Sunrise programme


As a student Jonathan made a nuisance of himself on hospital radio and local radio, trying to persuade station bosses to let him on the air.

After studying at Loughborough University Jonathan began his career as a researcher on the Emmy award winning Channel 4 children's programme 'Wise Up', before studying journalism and joining a BBC regional training scheme.

At BBC Radio Cornwall he first learned about the horrors of the 3.30am alarm call when he read the early morning news bulletins. Jonathan slowly headed up the country via Radio Devon and BBC Spotlight based in Plymouth, where he was first introduced to the wonders of make-up and hair gel as he began reporting and presenting on TV. 

Jonathan then joined BBC Look East before finally getting to London as a reporter for Sky News and then Chief Correspondent for Channel 5 news.

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Jonathan's reporting highlights include the election of Barack Obama, where he broadcast live from Chicago as the result was announced. More recently he's reported from Washington on the Clinton/Trump race for the White House.

Jonathan reporting from Washington, D.C. on the US election

Jonathan has got his boots dirty around the world, reporting from war zones and natural disasters. In Iraq he interviewed British sailors working in the waters close to Iran, days later those same sailors were captured by the Iranian authorities creating worldwide headlines. 

Jonathan has reported from Israel on the conflicts with Gaza and Lebanon and sneaked into Zimbabwe undercover to report on the 2008 elections.

He covered the devastating floods in Pakistan and more recently in Queensland, Australia as well as the earthquake and Tsunami which ripped through Japan in March 2011.

Other stories have taken Jonathan to Beijing to report the missing auto plane MH370, Chile, to watch the safe rescue of the trapped miners stuck underground for more than two months, LA for the death of Michael Jackson, and New York’s Ground Zero following the shooting of Osama Bin Laden. More recently he's covered terror attacks in Tunisa, Turkey and Brussels.


Jonathan lives in London with his wife and 2 young children who so far have shown no desire to make TV cameras out of cereal boxes...