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Watch – In conversation with Jon Sopel

07 February 2022

Georgina Godwin interviews Jon Sopel about his diary of the 2020 US election: UnPresidented: Politics, pandemics and the race that Trumped all others.

Jon Sopel

This was an exclusive live event for Saga customers, recorded in December 2021. Experience it again below.


After seven years in the US as the BBC’s North American political editor, Jon Sopel has returned to the UK. His book UnPresidented offers a chance to experience life as a reporter on the campaign trail, as the 2020 US election heated up and a global pandemic slowly swept in. As American lives were lost at a devastating rate, the presidential race became a battle for the very soul of the nation – challenging not just the Trump presidency, but the very institutions of American democracy itself.

About Jon Sopel

Jon Sopel has been the BBC's North America Editor since 2014. He has covered the 2016 and 2020 elections and Trump's White House at first hand, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio and online.

He also presents the highly successful Americast podcast with Emily Maitlis and Anthony Zurcher. As a member of the White House Press Corps, he has accompanied both President Obama and President Trump on Air Force One and interviewed President Obama at the White House.

He is the author of If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes from Trump's America and A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House.

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