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Chairman FPA 2012-2013
Paul Danahar is currently BBC News Bureau Chief in Washington DC. Previously Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem until April 2013. Together with Paul Wood and Richard Colebourn and the BBC Middle East team won the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Award for their coverage of Syria in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. Danahar was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad Bureau Chief during the American-led invasion. Prior to his Middle East posting he was the BBC’s East Asia Bureau Chief for three years, and previous to that he was the BBC’s South Asia Bureau Chief, covering the rise, fall and eventual return of the Taliban. He is one of a small number of journalists to have reported from all three countries that make up the so-called “Axis of Evil”: Iraq, Iran and North Korea.