Edward Stourton (born November 24, 1957) is a BBC presenter of the morning flagship Today programme on BBC Radio 4. He is a former president of the Cambridge Union Society.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he was first educated at Ampleforth College. Stourton went on to study English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He started at ITN in 1979 as a graduate trainee. While there he was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982 working predominantly as a scriptwriter but also as a producer, duty home news editor and chief sub-editor. Stourton joined the BBC in 1988 as a Paris correspondent. He returned to ITN as a diplomatic editor in 1990. In 1993 he was back at the BBC as the presenter of One O'Clock News for six years. He presented editions of Assignment, Correspondent, Panorama and Call Ed Stourton, a phone-in programme on Radio 4.
He has made a number of current affairs programmes for Radio 4 including Asia Gold and Global Shakeout, The Violence Files, With us or against us, United Nations - or Not?. Asia Gold was the winner of the Sony Gold award for current affairs in 1997.
Stourton presented a four-part series about the Catholic Church, entitled Absolute Truth. It was broadcast on BBC2 in 1997. He also wrote a book to accompany the series.
In January 1999 he joined the Today programme presentation team.
In 2001 he won the Amnesty Award for best television documentary.
Stourton regular presents Sunday, Radio 4's religious and ethical news programme.
His latest series, A Year in the Arab Israeli Crisis is currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.