Born in Bolton, to parents who came to England from the Windrush generation, Clive Myrie’s journey is nothing short of astounding.
For his incredible contributions across a storied 30-year journalism career, he was awarded an honorary doctorate last week.
Edge Hill University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Arts during a special ceremony.
From Windrush to the BBC
Hailing from Bolton and born to Jamaican parents of the Windrush generation, Myrie’s passion for news ignited during his teenage years when he diligently read newspapers cover to cover while working a paper round.
After obtaining a law degree from the University of Sussex, he embarked on his journey with the BBC as part of their journalism training scheme.
He started his journalistic career at Bristol’s Local Radio station, later transitioning to the television newsroom in London, and ultimately becoming a respected foreign correspondent.
Throughout his illustrious 30-year career, Myrie reported from nearly 100 countries, covering some of the most pivotal events in history, including every US Presidential election since 1996.
Here’s his comments on heading out to Ukraine recently on the Graham Norton show
Clive Myrie’s honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University
His dedication and perseverance in delivering significant news stories to the television screen earned him the title of honorary Doctor of Arts from Edge Hill University.
Notably, he has also been a vocal advocate for representation in the media, particularly concerning race and social class.
Grateful for the recognition, Myrie expressed his appreciation during the ceremony, where he addressed the new graduates.
He emphasised the value of hard work, which had brought them to this momentous occasion.
He encouraged them to find a profession they love, as that would mean never having to work a day in their lives.
He urged them to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.
What has Clive Myrie won?
Apart from his extraordinary journalism career, Myrie has garnered numerous accolades, such as the Royal Television Society Award for TV Journalist of the Year and Presenter of the Year.
He also received a Peabody Award for his coverage of the Rohingya/Myanmar crisis and the David Bloom Award for reporting on Mexico’s deadly drug gangs.
Additionally, he has been nominated for two BAFTAs and two Emmys.
Clive Myrie, BBC Proms presenter
Beyond his journalistic pursuits, Myrie has a fondness for classical music and has become a regular presenter at the BBC Proms.
Furthermore, he currently hosts the BBC’s classic quiz show Mastermind.
Clive Myrie’s exceptional contributions to journalism and his commitment to representation on screen have rightfully earned him this distinguished recognition from Edge Hill University.
His career is a testament that despite humble upbringings, with hard work and determination you can achieve what you want out of life.