2014 Lecture

Evan Davies


The 2014 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture was given by Evan Davis which took place on Friday, 14 March 2014, speaking on ‘Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides.’


Evan Davis is a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, a role he took up in April 2008. He is also well-known as the presenter of the BBC 2 business reality show, Dragons Den. On Radio 4, he also presents a weekly business discussion programme, The Bottom Line.


For the six and a half years prior to working on the Today programme he was the Economics Editor of the BBC, the most senior economics reporter in the corporation.


Before joining the BBC in 1993, he was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and at the London Business School. He has written numerous papers, articles and newspaper and magazine columns as well as the book, Public Spending (published by Penguin in 1998). He is also a co-author of the Penguin Dictionary of Economics and the New Penguin Dictionary of Business.


Evan studied at St John’s College (1981 to 1984) and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1986 to 1988).


In the last year, Evan has won numerous awards. He was the Political Studies Association broadcaster of the Year; he won a bronze Sony award as Speech Broadcaster of the Year and the Made in Britain programme won the Harold Wincott Foundation Business Television Programme of the Year award.


You can listen to the podcast here.


(Evan Davis pictured on previous page, image by Peter Searle).