Jeremy Paxman "was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
"For three years in the mid-Seventies, Jeremy Paxman was based in Northern Ireland, where he covered the Troubles for the BBC.
"In 1977, he joined the Tonight programme, for which he was a roving reporter. This was followed by five years as a reporter on Panorama, where assignments took him frequently to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.
"Since 1989 he has anchored BBC Two's Newsnight. For several years, he also presented Start The Week on BBC Radio 4.
"He became chairman of BBC Two's University Challenge in 1994.
"His documentaries include Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale. A documentary series on Victorian paintings is in preparation for transmission in 2009.
"Jeremy has written widely for newspapers and magazines.
"His books include A Higher Form Of Killing (with Robert Harris); Through The Volcanoes: A Central American Journey; Friends In High Places: Who Runs Britain?; Fish, Fishing And The Meaning Of Life; and the best-sellers The English: A Portrait Of A People and The Political Animal: An Anatomy. His most recent book, On Royalty, was published in autumn 2006.
"Jeremy's charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education." 
His brother is Giles Paxman.