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What would people be surprised to learn about Emily Maitlis? “I have facial blindness”

The Newsnight presenter also confesses her most awkward on-air moment

By Prospect Team   November 2019

ILLUSTRATION BY NICK TAYLOR

What is the first news event you can recall?

I remember the Silver Jubilee clearly because we had a fancy dress street party in Sheffield. I dressed up as a Japanese girl with a too-big red kimono—cultural appropriation hadn’t been invented in 1977. I was six. Three years later, there was the bombing of Bologna train station by Italian neo-fascists. I remember hearing that one of the dead was a three-year-old girl and being unable to process how someone that young could become a victim…

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