Cardiff-born Jeremy Bowen, BBC Foreign Correspondent for more than 20 years and the BBC’s Middle East Editor is a journalist and television presenter. He joined the BBC in 1984 and has reported from more than 70 different countries, predominantly in the Middle East and in the Balkans. He reported during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo conflict, during which he was robbed at gunpoint by bandits. In 2013, while reporting for the BBC the protests in Egypt, he was shot in the head with shotgun pellets. He escaped without major injury. He was one of the few journalists inside Syria reporting on the civil war. In February 2015, he spoke with President Bashar al-Assad about the ongoing Syrian conflict during an exclusive BBC interview.