Sunday, 8 April 2012

Evan Davis – Broadcaster

b. 8 April 1962

British economist, journalist and presenter for the BBC. In October 2001, Davis took over from Peter Jay as the BBC's economics editor. He left this post in April 2008 to become a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Evan Davis is also the presenter for the BBC venture-capitalist programme Dragons' Den, as well as The Bottom Line, a business conversation show, also on BBC Radio 4.

He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St John's College, Oxford from 1981 to 1984, before obtaining an MPA at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After working for a time as an economist, he joined the BBC in 1993, as an economics correspondent. He worked as economics editor on BBC Two's Newsnight programme from 1997 to 2001. In the mid-1990s he was a member of the Social Market Foundation's Advisory Council;he is a member of the British-American Project for a Successor Generation.

Davis is a keen motorcyclist, and was seen riding a Yamaha R6 motorcycle in BBC2's The City Uncovered with Evan Davis. He lives with his partner Guillaume Baltz, a French landscape architect.

He was listed at number 4 on the IOS Pink List for 2010, and at number 38 on the DS list of "50 Most Influential Gays", 2011:
The gently spoken – but highly influential presenter – joined the BBC in 1993 as an economics correspondent and went on to present the Today Programme. But most TV fans know him as the presenter (and only kindly face) in the Dragon’s Den. Away from work, Evan is a keen biker and has been nicknamed Tinsel Tits because of his apparent love of body piercings. 

“Working (in a traditionally macho news environment) has never been a problem for me,” says Evan. “And it would be really good for young gay people to hear that, apart from the depressions and obstacles that are put in their way, there’s actually large swathes of life where you can go and it isn’t an issue.”

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