Newsnight has announced the appointment of Nick Hopkins as its Investigations Correspondent.
Hopkins worked at the Guardian as Investigations Editor and was part of the team that reported on the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden files. The revelations which made world wide news in 2013 earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize.
Newsnight has been strengthening its team over several months. Laura Kuenssberg, Ducan Weldon and Katie Razzall have recently joined the flagship news and current affairs programme broadcast on BBC Two.
Long serving host Jeremy Paxman revealed this week he will be stepping down from the programme in June. He has been host for 25 years and has said he wanted to leave last year but was asked to stay on to oversee changes to the programme following a “difficult period” which resulted after the Jimmy Savile scandal.
“I have had a tremendous time at the Guardian and been lucky enough to be involved in some amazing stories. But there is something very special about the BBC and particularly Newsnight. When I was a cub reporter on the Surrey Comet, I watched it with a sense of envy and awe. I never thought I’d have the chance to join such an influential and inspiring programme. And now I do.” – Nick Hopkins
Prior to joining the investigations department at the Guardian, Nick worked as deputy foreign editor and national news editor at the paper. He joined the Guardian in 1998 after a four year stint at the Daily Mail where he rose to become New York Correspondent.