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BBC's Chris Buckler lands top Washington post

Atlantic crossing: Chris Buckler
Atlantic crossing: Chris Buckler

By Ali Gordon

BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler has landed a top job with the corporation in Washington DC.

Buckler, a familiar face on our television screens, has covered major news stories throughout his time at the broadcaster.

Originally from Helen's Bay in Co Down, he is also well known on Radio Ulster with regular slots on Good Morning Ulster and The Stephen Nolan Show.

He will now leave Belfast for a new role as one of the BBC's correspondents in the American capital.

In Washington DC he will report on news from inside the White House, including President Donald Trump's engagements and press conferences.

The journalist learned his trade at Belfast Community Radio, which later became Citybeat and is now known as Q Radio.

It was there that he first worked with Stephen Nolan, producing his evening show while a student at Queen's University.

He later became a director in one of Nolan's companies.

Buckler then worked at the Belfast Telegraph before earning a spot on the BBC news trainee scheme where he eventually took up the role as Ireland correspondent.

In an interview with Agenda NI in 2015, he described the training as "second-to-none and that led to a permanent job in the BBC working for Radio Ulster, BBC Newsline and later network news".

The presenter has worked on several high profile stories, including the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber, which developed while he was on holiday in America, and the Manchester riots which involved clashes between police and protesters.

But he said it was covering the issue of child sexual exploitation that led to "some of the most significant exclusives I have been involved in".

Journalists from across Northern Ireland took to social media to congratulate Chris.

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