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Gary O’Donoghue is a news correspondent for the BBC based in Washington, D.C.

Gary’s father was a semi-professional football player who also worked as a taxi driver, and his mother taught ballroom dancing.

O’Donoghue was born partially sighted, but went totally blind by the time he was eight.

He was educated at Worcester College for the Blind, where he played blind football for England. O’Donoghue then attended Christ Church at Oxford University, where he read philosophy and modern languages.

Gary joined the BBC on graduation, becoming a junior reporter on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

During his career, he has covered stories for BBC News in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

In 2004, O’Donoghue became a political correspondent based at Westminster, reporting across the media of radio, television, and internet.

From October 2011, O’Donoghue was the Chief Political Correspondent for BBC Radio 4 replacing Norman Smith, primarily reporting for the Today and PM programmes.

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