Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith


Stephen is a well-known, award-winning presenter, journalist and author. He brings a wealth of knowledge, contacts and experience across broadcasting and the arts to Counterculture as a cultural strategist.

Stephen was the long-serving Culture Correspondent of Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme, where he interviewed a vast range of distinguished cultural figures including Martin Scorsese, Sir Paul McCartney, Bono, Tracey Emin, Dolly Parton, Sir David Hockney and Stormzy, as well as political and cultural leaders including Johnny Ive and many UK Culture Secretaries.

Stephen has written and presented BBC TV and radio series and documentaries across a variety of subjects, including sculpture, Art Nouveau, life and art at royal courts, Faberge eggs, Andy Warhol, the American diner, Vladimir Nabokov and Boris Pasternak. He has produced podcasts for the BBC and Apple.

He writes regularly for a wide range of publications including the Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Observer, Evening Standard, Spectator, New Statesman, Esquire, Radio Times, the Art Newspaper and London Review of Books.

He has written four best-selling books on history and travel and is an in-demand public speaker, appearing at renowned venues and festivals including Hay Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Geographical Society.

Stephen reported from across the UK, Europe, Africa, South America and Far East as a correspondent for Channel 4 News, winning a World Wildlife Fund Award for exposing illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

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