A fluent Arabic and French speaker, at 24 James travelled to Syria to report on the early days of the conflict. He was embedded with activist networks in Homs and the Damascus suburbs where he wrote for several UK newspapers and arranged access to the country for major broadcasters. He was hired by the BBC in 2012 for his specialism in Syria and the Middle East, and spent time as the corporation's Beirut Correspondent.
In 2017 he was hired by American network ABC News to be a foreign correspondent based in London, a job which has to date taken him to over 30 countries and counting…
He was the first US network reporter at the Thai cave where the soccer team went missing, and was the first to interview them after their rescue. In Syria, he was the first to gain a television interview with American ISIS bride Huda Mothana. His varied brief takes him around the world - from terror attacks in Sri Lanka, climate change in Antarctica, or earthquakes in Indonesia - and even a royal tour with Harry and Meghan around Australasia.
James was nominated for the Royal Television Society 2016 Young Talent of the Year award.
James is a graduate in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has a Masters of Science in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.
A fun interruption from a member of the public in Barcelona
Live with Kelly and Ryan in Thailand - soccer coach rescued live on air!
Some personal thoughts on covering the attacks in Sri Lanka
Trying to throw a boomerang in Australia on live TV
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The first interview with the whole Thai soccer team
James takes a great interest in mental health. Here he tells his family story.
The first interview with the US ISIS bride in Syria
On the Syrian frontline as ISIS faced defeat
Our Nightline special on the Thai miracle boys
The Sri Lankan terror attacks
Inside ISIS destroyed villages
On the Royal Tour with Meghan and Harry in Australia
The Indonesian earthquake
The day all the boys got out
The first boys escape the cave
Reporting with David Muir on US air strikes on Syria
Trying to learn Xhosa in Cape Town, and why its important for people there.
James reports from Poland, Hungary and Austria on the rise of the 'New Right.'
James in Myanmar, following the Pope on his trip during the Rohingya crisis.
James meets the Real Life Iron Man, for Nightline
A woman breaks into Prince George's new school. Live on set for Good Morning America
The full ABC Nightline special on the Grenfell Tower disaster.
James at the G20 protests in Hamburg for ABC News
In a rare interview, James travelled to Dresden to meet a young German man who had joined ISIS.
From Nice in the wake of the truck terrorist attack.
The battle to save Notre Dame
A heartbreaking funeral for a seven year old boy and his family in Sri Lanka
On the Royal Tour in New Zealand
On the Indonesian beach which was wiped out
James explains where we are in the cave rescue
Explaining the Thai rescue situation
James was the first US News correspondent at the Thai cave where a soccer team had gone missing. One of over 50 reports during more than 4 weeks of coverage
In Ramallah on the West Bank as protests erupt following President Trump’s speech
James reports from the Bahamas on Hurricane Irma
From Barcelona on the night a van ran into pedestrians
James in the Paris suburbs, where 22 year old Theo's sexual assault by police prompted massive protests.
James meets teenagers taking the strongest MDMA available in the UK.
James reports from Beirut, on Syrian boy Omar, who at just 15, tried to kill himself because he was so desperate
James reports on the lives of sex workers in Leeds.
James spent 24 hours with Sue, who cares for her mother full time. Her mother has dementia, and Sue is struggling to cope.
With the people left behind by men who kill their own families.
Inside the first school run by a Premier League football club, Everton Free School
James visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon with popstar Mika.
James interviews voters ahead of the Brexit referendum.
Exploring a major property scam
How the Rotherham child abuse scandal has changed the town.
James reports on how the Labour vote is changing in its former heartlands
James reports on rape prevention classes for migrants in Norway.
James speaks at NewsXchange Copenhagen about mental health in the media
James rediscovers some family history while on assignment in New Zealand
James shows viewers around the Papal plane
James goes live on Facebook from the Bahamas covering Hurricane Irma
James explains the hung parliament UK election result
James talks to popstar Mika from a refugee centre in Lebanon
James takes Facebook questions from the BBC's Beirut bureau, on the fighting in Aleppo, Syria.
James speaks to actor Douglas Booth about his work with refugees