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Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Biography

Born in London, one of three children of George Lloyd-Roberts, an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in paediatrics, and his wife, Catherine (nee Ray), Sue grew up in Belgravia, and was educated at Francis Holland school for girls, Cheltenham Ladies’ college and St Hilda’s College, Oxford (1970-73). There she studied history and modern languages, and worked on the student magazine Isis.

In 1974, she began her career as a trainee journalist for ITN, which, as now, provided news programmes for ITV and, from its start in 1982, Channel 4. For ITV’s News at Ten (1975-81) she covered breaking stories; for Channel 4 News (1982-85) she often reported on environmental issues; and for Channel 4 documentaries she dealt with them at greater depth, as for instance in covering the story of Greenpeace’s ship the Rainbow Warrior.

In 2011, Sue was the first journalist into Homs in Syria – smuggled past checkpoints in the back of a car, with a fake ID, pretending to be the driver’s sister, deaf and unable to speak. In 1994, she reported from China on the trade in human body parts, describing how prisoners were killed to order for their kidneys and other organs. She was given a seven-year prison sentence in absentia but still went back there to report, despite the risks.

The Sue Lloyd-Roberts Fund

The Sue Lloyd-Roberts Fund supports an undergraduate bursary, named in memory of Sue Lloyd-Roberts CBE (History and Modern Languages, 1970).

Sue Lloyd-Roberts (1950-2015) was a highly-regarded foreign correspondent who risked her life to document human rights abuses around the world.

She worked with ITN, Channel 4 News and Channel 4 documentaries before moving to the BBC where as a Foreign Correspondent for BBC World Affairs she won many awards for her investigative reporting.

These included the Royal Television Society Award for International News, the ITN News & Current Affairs Award and a European Women of Achievement Award.

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