Ulster recognizes Guerin’s journalistic work with doctorate

BBC’s Orla Guerin has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster in recognition to her contribution to broadcast journalism.

The station’s Parkistan correspondent was formerly Middle East Correspondent, reporting from the BBC's bureau in the Middle East. 

Prior to joining the BBC, the Dubliner worked for Ireland's RTE News.  

While with RTE she travelled widely, covering Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. 

Presenting Guerin for the award, Colm Murphy, the University’s subject leader in Media, Film and Journalism said: “It is recognition for her gritty reporting from difficulty places of dark events over the past 17 years.”

She received the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett on 3 July 2009 in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

See a BBC interview with her about the award and what it is like to work as a foreign correspondent: BBC News page