Chris Mason credits the Yorkshire Dales with having a “massive influence” on his career

Chris Mason takes on one of the most productive roles as a political editor at BBC News, leading coverage at a critical time for the Prime Minister who is facing a crisis of leadership.

ason, 41, will take over in May from Laura Kuenssberg, who will lead the BBC’s Sunday morning politics program, replacing Andrew Marr.

Mason grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and has previously spoken about how they had a “massive influence” on him and gave him a “sense of belonging and identity”.


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This year he competed on Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialty was the Yorkshire Dales, finishing second to comedian Rufus Hound.

He told BBC Radio 4: “I still subscribe to the local newspaper Craven Herald and Pioneer.

“It falls proudly on my doormat in south-east London every week.

“It’s perfect for kicking back with a cup of coffee when I come home at the weekend with any questions.”

Mason presented the BBC Radio 4 programme. Any Questions? since 2019. The radio show hosts a panel with personalities from politics and the media, who answer questions from the audience.

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Mason has previously said that aside from a “brief flirtation” with wanting to be a bus driver, he “always wanted to be a reporter.”

“I was obsessed with radio, TV news and newspapers,” he said.

He attended Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, before enrolling at Christ’s College to study geography at the University of Cambridge, while in his free time he ‘poked around on student radio, television and newspapers’.

Mason began working as an intern at ITN the week after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States, and he previously said Trevor McDonald’s News At Ten was a “massive influence” on him.

He later joined BBC Radio Newcastle as a reporter before becoming the company’s political correspondent in 2012.

During that time he has reported from Westminster on television, radio and online. Chris Mason credits the Yorkshire Dales with having a “massive influence” on his career

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