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Barbara Serra
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Born Barbara Serra
19 August 1974 (1974-08-19) (age 35)
Milan, Italy
Education London School of Economics
City University, London
Occupation journalist, News presenter
Notable credit(s) Sky News, BBC Radio 4, Five News, Al Jazeera

Barbara Serra (born 19 August 1974 in Milan) is an Italian-born British-based journalist and TV newsreader, who presents from London on Al Jazeera.



Born in Milan to Italian parents, she was raised in Copenhagen from the age of nine. As a result, Serra is multi-lingual, with a native language of Italian, secondary languages of English and Danish, and is fluent in French.



In 1993, she moved to the UK to read International Relations at the London School of Economics, and then trained as a journalist via a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.[1]

Serra's journalistic career started at the BBC, where she worked her way up from a researcher, spending three years working as a producer/presenter for BBC London News, produced on Radio 4's Today programme and regularly presented EuroNews on BBC Radio Five Live. Her most challenging on-air moment was having to improvise a 5 minute radio bulletin without any scripts due to a technical mishap.

In 2003, she joined Sky News as a reporter, working on both domestic and international assignments. Serra covered a wide range of stories, from the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome, to the Michael Jackson trial in California.

In July 2005, as part of a Sky News deal to deliver Five News, she became presenter of the evening News on four nights on Five.

Serra left Five News in April 2006, when it was announced that she had joined Al Jazeera English as one of its London-based news presenter.[2] She reports on news events from across Europe, and presents the programme People & Power and presented Streetfood Palermo.

In September 2007 she started co-presenting on Italian state TV RAI, on a weekly programme called TV Talk from the Al Jazeera studios in London.

Personal life

Serra married lawyer and former Sunday Times journalist Mark Austin in July 2008. The couple live in London.


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