Michael Brunson

Michael John Brunson OBE (born 12 August 1940 in Norwich) is a British broadcasting political journalist of over thirty years' standing. He is a former Political Editor, Diplomatic Editor and Washington Correspondent of Independent Television News, and an occasional ITN newscaster.

Michael Brunson
Michael John Brunson

(1940-08-12) 12 August 1940
Norwich, England
ResidenceLetheringsett, Norfolk
EducationBedford School, Bedfordshire
(independent boarding school)
The Queen's College at the University of Oxford
OccupationJournalist, correspondent, political presenter
EmployerITN, BBC
Known forFmr. ITN Political Editor
Fmr. ITN Diplomatic Editor
Fmr. ITN Washington Correspondent
Journalist and author

Early life

Brunson was born on 12 August 1940 in the city of Norwich in Norfolk. It was in Norfolk that Brunson grew up a in pub and learnt the pub trade.


Brunson was educated at Bedford School, a boarding independent school for boys, in the county town of Bedford in Bedfordshire, and read Theology at The Queen's College at the University of Oxford.

Life and career

Brunson began his broadcasting career at the BBC. He joined ITN in 1968 and in 1971 covered the Bangladesh Liberation War and wrote a testimony about the death, starvation and suffering of refugees in West Bengal.

In 1973, Brunson became ITN Washington Correspondent, where he remained until 1977, covering Watergate and the 1976 US Presidential election between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. He was ITN Diplomatic Editor from 1978–1986, attending every major international summit meeting.

In 1986, Brunson became ITN Political Editor, a role for which he is perhaps best known,[1] and as an occasional ITN newscaster on the-then News at 5:45 and News at Ten.[2]

Brunson retired from ITN in March 2000 after 32 years' service with ITN. Since then, he has regularly appeared as a political commentator on Sky News, GMTV and elsewhere. He was appointed OBE in 2000[3] and lives in Letheringsett in Norfolk.[4]

Brunson's autobiography, A Ringside Seat, was published in 2000.[5]


  • A Ringside Seat (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, 2000)


  1. Jojo Moyes (9 March 2000). "And finally Michael Brunson signs off from ITN". The Independent. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. Who's Who on Television 1990. Publisher: Boxtree Ltd. and ITV Publications Ltd. Published: 1990. Retrieved: 22 January 2013.
  3. "Caine heads birthday honours list". BBC News. 17 June 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  4. Gray, Tracey (6 May 2010). "Historic Letheringsett venue set for centenary celebrations". EDP24. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  5. Steve Richards (1 May 2000). "Ringside seat". The New Statesman. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
Media offices
Preceded by
Glyn Mathias
Political Editor of ITN
Succeeded by
John Sergeant
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