Richard Colebourn is the BBC News Middle East Bureaux Chief and oversees reporters, producers and camera crew in offices across the region. Based in the Middle East since June 2010, he produced TV and radio reporting of the uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Tunisia and from October 2011 until July 2013 focused exclusively on the conflict in Syria. The BBC's coverage of Syria recently won an Emmy in New York for outstanding continuing coverage of a news story; the prize for best international coverage at the 2013 Royal Television Society Awards as well as awards from the Foreign Press Association in London and the David Bloom Award from the Washington TV and Radio Correspondents Association. From 2008 to 2010, Richard was the BBC's producer in Afghanistan and Pakistan and worked on reporting which received awards or nominations at the Emmys, the Sony Radio Awards, the Royal Television Society Awards and the Bayeux Awards for War Reporting. Prior to 2008 he worked for BBC News in London and spent a number of years as a senior producer for the Newsnight programme on BBC Two. He graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.