Frank Gardner

BBC's Security Correspondent

Since being shot six times by Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and returning to work as a wheelchair user, Frank, 44, has become the country's most recognisable disabled journalist.

A fluent Arabic speaker, he was the BBC's first full-time Gulf correspondent and, in the wake of the twin tower attacks, became the BBC's Security Correspondent, reporting for TV and radio on domestic and international security. He was appointed an OBE in 2005 for his services to journalism.

Raised in both the UK and the Netherlands, by parents who were diplomats, he spent his gap year working in a restaurant in Greece before taking a one way ticket to Manila in the Philippines. On his return he successfully gained a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Between 1984 and 1990 he served in the Territorial Army. After a nine year career in banking as an investment banker with Saudi International Bank and then Robert Fleming Bank from 1986 until 1995, Gardner left banking and started working in journalism for BBC World.

He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Law by the University of Nottingham, Staffordshire University, the University of Exeter, the University of East Anglia and the Open University. He has also received the McWhirter Award for Bravery, Spain's El Mundo Prize for International Journalism, the Zayed Medal for Journalism and been voted Person of the Year by the UK Press Gazette. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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